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In Latin America and Beyond, Another World Is Still Possible


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In Latin America and Beyond, Another World Is Still Possible

Fionuala Cregan

For those who witnessed the collapse of Argentina in 2001 with millions of citizens taking to the streets to reject neoliberal policies, the recent presidential victory of right wing business tycoon Mauricio Macri may seem incomprehensible.


#2

Excellent analysis, Ms. Cregan:

These bear repeating:

"Like all national governments all over the world, even these more progressive South American governments, have for decades remained subservient to the rules of the global capitalist system which requires them to serve first and foremost the special interests of private corporations and international institutions like the World Bank and the IMF (who in turn serve the corporate interests from the Western countries that control these institutions). This system has emptied politics of all moral and ethical sentiment. It has quite simply transformed the meaning of life in to wealth creation and governments everywhere from Argentina to India, from Greece to the United States, have simply become facilitators for increasing GDP. "

"For over three decades power has been centralized in a global financial system and logic of economic growth that is leading us towards certain collapse and planetary destruction. Recent experiences in South America have proven that even so-called socialist governments are unable to escape from the straightjacket of neoliberal logic."

Posters who don't understand what the above means like to blame individual politicians and/or voters inside the U.S.

The constraints of The Beast go way beyond the aforementioned simplistic categories.


#3

Due to the weight of Big Money, similar cooptation takes place inside the U.S. with respect to Labor and Environmental activism groups:

"In Argentina, for example, many social movements chose to work with the government, receiving substantial state funding for social housing and other projects. This in turn lead to a loss of a autonomy and weakened political discourse - as mass deforestation for mono-cultivation of soy and contamination of water sources from oil and mining projects advanced, they remained silent."

And there's no question that the depressed price of commodities like Soy and Oil have caused misery to spread. Most people want their basics covered; and when these are under threat, they reject the "brand" of government that's at the wheel.

Transcending the walls of the invisible prison of Perception Control is key:

"Historian Tony Judt described the time from 1989 onwards as being “consumed by locusts” and stated that “The thrall in which an ideology holds a people is best measured by their collective inability to imagine alternatives.”


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:musical_note:GE, we bring good things to lyse.:musical_note:


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Very simple and easy to understand connection the dots video. Thank you. But, even as easy and simple there are so many here in Amerika that won't understand or want to give up there toys and shop til you drop ways of passing time. GWB simply said "go shopping". So many cannot think past their individual existence or wrap their mind around the fact that Americans might not be exceptional or that our government is a big part of the problem..


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The "global capitalist system" is called the Bretton Woods System and it is in the process of collapsing. When history is finally written, the stuff that happened in Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, etc. throughout the 2000s will probably be credited with having played a major role in the exposure of the failure of Bretton Woods and its ultimate collapse.


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One of the most interesting things that happened in mostly Argentina in my opinion was the worker-occupied factories. It was a successful example of democratic anarchy on a small scale. And as far as I know, some of those worker-run factories still exist today. Naomi Klein made a film about the worker-occupied factories during the collapse of Argentina's economy that happened mostly because of predatory policies by the IMF. At the end of the trailer, she asks the owner of a factory if he was going to get his factory back. The man hesitates to answer the question, but finally nods that he will get his factory back. But it didn't work out that way.