• Michael Lebowitz and 21st Century Socialism

    Venezuela under President Hugo Chavez has re-opened the discussion of political alternatives, in Latin America and beyond, in spectacular fashion. Based in Caracas, Michael Lebowitz has been intensively involved in discussion of the government’s political direction. Watch video »

  • Human Development and Practice

    The Bolivarian Constitution, in my view, is unique in its explicit recognition (in Article 299) that the goal of a human society must be that of ‘ensuring overall human development.’ In the declaration of Article 20 that ‘everyone has the right to the free development of his or her own personality’ and the focus of … Keep reading »

  • Mexican Workers Call for a Continental Workers’ Campaign For Living Wages and Social Justice

    Capital and the state of all three countries of the North American Free Trade Agreement have worked together to push down wages and working conditions, undermine the social safety net, and privatize anything that could be turned into a source of profit. The aim of both NAFTA and the Security and Prosperity Partnership – the … Keep reading »

  • A Movement Toward or Beyond ‘Statism’? Bolivia in 2006

    It is now more than three decades since neoliberal economic and political ideas began to supplant Keynesian orthodoxies within the treasuries and finance ministries of Western governments and in the policy-making centers of development agencies and financial institutions. Bolivia was one of the first Latin American countries to adopt a neoliberal approach back in the … Keep reading »

  • Ecuadorians Vote for Systemic Change

    The Bullet here presents three reports on the election on Ecuador which now appears as another turn to the left. This would make for an important axis of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador pressing beyond the social democratic governments of the southern cone. The return of the Sandinistas to power in Nicaragua also needs noting. … Keep reading »

  • State Violence and Gender in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico

    It is a remarkable commentary on the media monopolies of North America that the violent assault on social movement leaders in Atenco, Mexico in May has been met with silence. Better that the mythologies of Mexican democratization and human rights progress within the confines of NAFTA continue. Since 2002, the people of Atenco, and particularly … Keep reading »

  • The Suspension of Elections in Bolivia and Left Strategy

    The small Andean nation hit the news again on October 31 with the announcement that elections originally scheduled for December 2005 are postponed indefinitely. This most recent political crisis has clearly been orchestrated by the agro-industrialist elite from Santa Cruz, who is using procedural rules to thwart the move towards the deepening of democracy. The … Keep reading »

  • The Unexpected Revolution

    The Venezuelan People Confront Neoliberalism Carlos Torres, et al. In Latin America, there have been many peoples and countries with an abundance of deep, radical political traditions, whose struggles regularly fill the headlines of international newspapers. The left from around the world often – in the past and even today – looks to these countries as models … Keep reading »