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Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela by George Ciccariello-Maher

By George Ciccariello-Maher

Latin America’s experiments in direct democracy

Since 2011, a wave of renowned uprisings has swept the globe, taking form within the Occupy circulate, the Arab Spring, 15M in Spain, and the anti-austerity protests in Greece. The calls for were different, yet have expressed a constant dedication to the beliefs of radical democracy.

Similar experiments began to appear throughout Latin the United States twenty-five years in the past, simply because the left fell into decline in Europe. In Venezuela, bad barrio citizens arose in a mass uprising opposed to neoliberalism, ushering in a central authority that institutionalized the communes already forming organically. In construction the Commune, George Ciccariello-Maher travels via those radical experiments, chatting with a vast diversity of group individuals, staff, scholars and govt officers. Assessing the initiatives’ successes and screw ups, development the Commune presents classes and idea for the unconventional hobbies of today.

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