Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela (Jacobin)

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Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela (Jacobin)

By  Geo Maher
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Latin America’s experiments in direct democracy

Since 2011, a wave of popular uprisings has swept the globe, taking shape in the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, 15M in Spain, and the anti-austerity protests in Greece. The demands have been varied, but have expressed a consistent commitment to the ideals of radical democracy.

Similar experiments began appearing across Latin America twenty-five years ago, just as the left fell into decline in Europe. In Venezuela, poor barrio residents arose in a mass rebellion against neoliberalism, ushering in a government that institutionalized the communes already forming organically. In Building the Commune, George Ciccariello-Maher travels through these radical experiments, speaking to a broad range of community members, workers, students and government officials. Assessing the projects’ successes and failures, Building the Commune provides lessons and inspiration for the radical movements of today.

George Ciccariello-Maher is Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is the author of We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution and Decolonizing Dialectics.

ISBN: 9781784782238

ISBN-10: 9781784782238

Publisher: Verso

Publication Date: 10/11/2016 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/11/2016 - 12:00am

Pages: 144

Language: English


Political Science / World / Caribbean & Latin American

Political Science / Political Ideologies / Radicalism

Political Science / History & Theory