Building the Commune

Building the Commune Radical Democracy in Venezuela - Jacobin

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Publisher's 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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Verso Books is the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing one hundred books a year.

Book information

ISBN: 9781784782238
Publisher: Verso Books
Imprint: Verso
Pub date:
DEWEY: 987.064
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 138
Weight: 170g
Height: 199mm
Width: 188mm
Spine width: 11mm