Old-fashioned but effective

Ulrich Beck ("Beyond the nation state", 6 December) seems to be arguing that globalisation means the end of the traditional forms of protest so familiar to us long-term New Statesman readers. I'm not so sure. By far the biggest group of protesters in Seattle against the World Trade Organisation summit was in fact organised by the American trade unions. Bodies whose death has often been predicted but which still seem to have plenty of life left in them.

Keith Flett
London N17