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least 60 per cent of the population, while social indicators associated with poverty such as child malnutrition, maternal and child mortality, mortality due to diseases, and dropping out of school registered a substantial increase (Dávalos 2016: 72–74). The degradation of the living conditions of

In: Power and Impotence

commented, that, ‘guests should be received in the living room’ and not in the bedroom (conversation with Peredo 2015). While it is true that a histrionic right wing opposition persists, it is motivated more by openings in positions of power rather than by a dispute over the country’s political project

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motivated by a mixture of conviction and benefits that joined the government, while those who preserved their autonomy were accused of doing the right a favor. On the whole, so-called progressive governments became managers of the system and were all the more effective because they neutralized their country

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Vida’ (‘My home, my life’) program, which extended housing credit to the grassroots. On the whole, this internationalization of Brazilian corporations, mainly in South America, corresponded to a political project of regional leadership. The strategy foresaw that the economic expansion of Brazilian

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life’, which he dubs the ‘magic state’ (Coronil 2013: 294). Owing to the socio-economic distortions associated with the ‘Dutch disease’ and its impact on the productivity of the non-oil sectors, consumption subsidies translate into import stimuli, spreading a standard of living detached from the

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and, therefore, would have different objectives from the other countries of the region (conversation with Lara). Lagos also promoted a constitutional reform, which removed aspects of what would be called ‘authoritarian rubble’ in Brazil, such as the figure of the senator for life. Other elements

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humble, we are ready to give life’ (Castro 1961a). As Fernando Martínez Heredia has argued, the revolution was an assault against oligarchies, but also against revolutionary dogmas (conversation with Martínez Heredia 2016). The failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion (known in Cuba as Playa Girón ), which

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Author: Marcelo Vieta

capitalist system that surrounds them, living testimonies of a commitment to another, less exploitative and less alienating mode of productive life. Most inspirational to me are the many personal testimonies I have had the privilege of hearing in hundreds of conversations I have had with ERT workers since

In: Workers’ Self-Management in Argentina
Author: Marcelo Vieta

people’s continued self-directed economic activities, as well as their tenacious resistances to dispossession. A more complete history of capitalism thus also includes: rural people’s ongoing challenges to the privatisation of common lands and the erosion of traditional ways of life, motivating movements

In: Workers’ Self-Management in Argentina
Author: Marcelo Vieta

’s blatant contraventions of labour contracts and from workers’ own deep worries of becoming structurally unemployed , a life situation that Argentine workers have since termed, for reasons that will become clear as this book unfolds, ‘ muerte en vida ’ (‘death in life’). 17 The direct action strategies

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