Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin

Because the late-1990s a lot of Latin the US has skilled an asymmetric and contradictory flip to the Left within the electoral enviornment. even as, there was a rejuvenation of Marxist evaluations of political financial system. Drawing at the services of Latin American, North American, and eu students, this quantity deals state-of-the-art theoretical explorations of traits within the zone, in addition to in-depth case reviews of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela. Essays within the quantity concentrate on adjustments to classification formation in Latin the United States and supply new insights into the state-form, exploring the complicated dating among country and industry in contexts of past due capitalist improvement, rather in international locations endowed with wonderful normal source wealth.

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26 In November 1999, peasant farmers and independent water users associated with codaec blockaded roads around Cochabamba to protest the terms of the contract and the new water law. Later that month, groups of urban consumers and water users merged to form the Coordinadora. By December, urban water bills showed the anticipated price hikes, even though water services had not improved. 27 Some found themselves paying 20 percent of their monthly income for water, four times more than the limit recommended by the Pan American Health Organisation.

Over 50,000 people participated in marches and blockades that shut down the city for 24 hours. Although the organisers assured the authorities that the protests would be peaceful, the central government sent in motorcycle police from La Paz known as ‘the Dalmatians’ (las dálmatas), famous for their black and white uniforms and their use of violent tactics. After hundreds of protestors were injured in conflicts with the police, the Coordinadora and the 24 Crespo Flores 1999. 25 Crespo Flores et al.

El Alto is perched on the edge of the 14,000 foot high altiplano overlooking a steep canyon that cradles the capital city La Paz. The majority of ‘white’ people live in the wealthy neighbourhoods of La Paz located at the bottom of the canyon, where the climate is more moderate. The majority of the poor and overwhelmingly indigenous people live on the steep hills that climb the canyon known as ‘las laderas’ (literally, the ladders) or in the neighbouring city of El Alto. El Alto is the poorest city in Bolivia.

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