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Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela

by George Ciccariello-Maher
£8.99   paperback  Verso Books (2016)

Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela by George Ciccariello-Maher 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.

ISBN 13: 9781784782238 | ISBN 10: 1784782238