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Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela

Authors: Ciccariello-Maher, George
Publisher: Verso Books
BISAC/Subject: POL010000, POL042040, POL057000
ISBN: 9781784782245, Related ISBNs: 1784782238, 1784782246, 9781784782238, 9781784782245
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 144,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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.
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