Many South American Social Movements Oppose Leaders They Helped Elect

Ben Dangl: Many social movements now opposing the same leaders they helped bring to power

Journalist and author Ben Dangl has spent much of the past decade touring South America and has observed social movements bring down neo-liberal governments and replace them with new ones. Now a few years into the experiment, Dangl has written a new book about the dynamic between those social movements and the governments they helped elect. He notes that in the cases of Ecuador and Bolivia, some of the most influential groups have now become vociferous critics of the governments they helped bring to power.

Produced by Jesse Freeston.

Bio

Benjamin Dangl has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for the Guardian Unlimited, The Nation, and the NACLA Report on the Americas. He is the author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (AK Press) and Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America (AK Press). He is the editor of TowardFreedom.com, a progressive perspective on world events and co-founder of UpsideDownWorld.org, a website on activism and politics in Latin America. Dangl teaches South American history and globalization at Burlington College. He can be reached by email: Bendangl(at)gmail(dot)com

For full transcript of interview, visit The Real News Network

 

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Posted on November 20, 2010, in Indigenous Struggles, Latin America, Socialism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Many South American Social Movements Oppose Leaders They Helped Elect.

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