Author: Jeffery R. Webber

Jeffery R. Webber teaches politics at the University of Regina. He is the author of Red October: Left-Indigenous Struggles in Modern Bolivia (Brill, 2010), and Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation and the Politics of Evo Morales (Haymarket, 2011).

  • Profits, Coercion, and Resistance

    An Introduction to the symposium on Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America An article published in Third World Quarterly in 2008 was our initiation into collaborative work on Canadian mining imperialism and the popular forms of resistance it systematically engenders in Latin America. The first seed. After a lengthy stretch of germination, this led … Keep reading »

  • Bolivia: Burdens of a State Manager

    In the open­ing salvos of Latin America’s uneven lurch to the Left in the early twenty-first cen­tury, Bolivia dis­tin­guished itself as the region’s most rad­i­cal socio-political ter­rain.[1] Left-indigenous move­ments in the coun­try­side and cityscapes alike threw the state into cri­sis and brought two suc­ces­sive neolib­eral pres­i­dents to their knees – Gon­zalo Sánchez de Lozada in … Keep reading »

  • Contra the Blasé Wisdom of Sober Old Men

    “When great hopes have lead in their wings,” writes the French revolutionary Daniel Bensaïd, “little ones spring up like mushrooms on the ground, in everyday resistance and miniscule conspiracies” (6). Bensaïd died in January 2010, at the age of 63, from cancer. The cancer was brought on by drugs he had been taking to combat … Keep reading »

  • February Traumas

    The Third Insurrectionary Moment of the Venezuelan Right “Today the counter-revolutionary Right is reactivating itself,” according to long-time Venezuelan revolutionary Roland Denis, “taking advantage of the profound deterioration that this slow revolutionary process is suffering. Its reappearance and interlacing with ‘democratic civil society’ is a clear signal to the popular movement that we either convert this … Keep reading »

  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold: The Post-Chávez Venezuelan Conjuncture

    On live television, Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro choked on his words. Hugo Chávez, the improbable President, born in the rural poverty of Sabaneta, in the state of Barinas, in 1954 had died of cancer.[1] To his wealthy and light-skinned enemies he was evil incarnate. To many impoverished Venezuelans, his contradictory and eclectic ideology – a … Keep reading »

  • Occupation at the University of Sussex

    ‘Silent Grinding, Bit by Bit’ An interview with Maia Pal The last two years have seen an explosion of student strikes from Chile to Italy to Quebec. These do not yet account for a full-blown student revolt, but they are seeds of political resistance that are some of the most promising in quite some time. They have … Keep reading »

  • Latest Step in a Long Road: The Venezuelan Elections

    That Hugo Chávez had to win last Sunday’s elections in order for the Bolivarian process to continue – in whatever form – was recognized by close to the entirety of the Venezuelan Left over the last several months, including those sectors especially critical of the limits to the political economic program of the government, and … Keep reading »

  • Venezuela: “Open Horizons”

    An interview with Roland Denis Roland Denis is a leading intellectual and revolutionary in Venezuela. He served as Vice Minister of Planning in the Hugo Chávez government in 2002-03, but resigned after ten months in protest of the lack of grassroots involvement in the planning process. He is the author of many books and articles. The … Keep reading »

  • “Now is the time!”: Struggle for Sexual Diversity in Venezuela

    An Interview with Maria Gabriela Blanco Alianza sexo-género diversa revolucionaria(Revolutionary Alliance of Sex-Gender, and Diversity, ASGDRe) Under Hugo Chávez, there have been many gains in the struggle for liberation, including for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people (LGBT). Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was outlawed in the 1999 Labour Organic Law but anti-discrimination … Keep reading »

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Decreed

    An interview with Gonzalo Gómez, Marea Socialista (Socialist Tide) In Caracas, we caught up with Gonzalo Gómez, a founder of the radical website aporrea.org and militant in the Trotskyist organization, Marea Socialista. In this interview, Gonzalo describes his own path to militancy, the different phases of the Bolivarian process, and the dangers of bureaucracy, the “boli-bourgeoisie,” … Keep reading »

  • “This Process Belongs to the People”

    An interview with Juan Contreras, Coordinadora Simón Bolívar Born and bred in one of the most militant inner city barrios of Caracas, 23 de enero, Juan Contreras participated in the urban guerrilla movements that sprang up in Caracas in the mid-1970s and is now a militant in the Bolivarian process. We interviewed Juan in his office … Keep reading »

  • Fighting for Land and Territory in Urban Caracas

    An Interview with Héctor Madera Jeffery R. Webber and Susan Spronk (JW and SS): We’re here in Caracas, Venezuela, with Héctor Madera, one of the founders of the Comités de Tierras Urbanas (Committees of Urban Land, CUTs) and member of Movimiento de Pobladores (Poor Peoples’ Movement, MP). As an introduction, can you tell us a little … Keep reading »