Adbusters, Issue 103: #OCCUPYMAINSTREET

(September/October 2012)

Featured during this issue:

Reversing the disaster of mounted meaning
upload – American Dream Disorder
Piecing jointly the worldwide insurrectionary puzzle.
The heretical methods of Nigeria’s Boko Haram
Europe’s anarchic nihilism
Cory Sine on Latin America’s political renaissance
city farming and the fissure of modernity by means of Darren Fleet
“The Key to Power” by means of Michael Hardt & Antonio Negri

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This is not to say that economic and social inequality has vanished altogether; however, Western governments and their MNCs have begun to discover that Latin America is no longer a playground for their neoliberal experimentation. Populations in Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela have the opportunity to effect change in their own lives rather than facing the fatalism of neoliberal globalization. New trading blocs, such as the left-leaning ALBA group (encompassing Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and a number of Caribbean nations), have been created and have allowed participant countries to grow at their own pace and foster relations with other developing-nation powerhouses.

Marxists know how to analyze and criticize this reality; indeed, we know all too well, sometimes a little too well for our own good. But we know less about how to act, how to construct a practical politics from the standpoint of this theoretical knowledge. There’s no direct correlation between the two. We have yet to resolve the enigma of revolt. The present conjuncture is Kafkaesque to the degree that castles and ramparts reign over us everywhere. These castles and ramparts are usually in plain view, frequently palpable to our senses, even inside us, yet at the same time they’re distant and somehow cut off, somehow out of reach and inaccessible; their occupants are evermore difficult to pin down when we come knocking at their doors, providing we can find the right door to knock on.

While both the United States and Canada declared their objection to the inclusion of Cuba, the ensuing reaction on the part of the other OAS member nations was bold and demonstrative of the spirit of independence and resistance to foreign demands that is overtaking Latin America. The region rose up less in defense of Cuba than in opposition to what was perceived as inappropriate meddling by the US. Frantz Fanon believed that the colonized subjects redeemed themselves only through violence. He saw the bloodshed of revolution as the only effective way to counter the institutionalized violence of colonialism itself.

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