PETER LACKOWSKI—In 1952, the National Revolutionary Movement (MNR) led a revolution that made historic gains with expanded rights for workers, land reform, and national economic sovereignty. It was supported by miners, workers and peasants, but it was led by a white and mestizo middle class who saw the indigenous majority as “primitive,” people who needed to be modernized, assimilated, and brought into the economy as workers and capitalist farmers.
ACTIVISTS & HEROESBOLIVIACLASS STRUGGLECOLONIALISMINDIGENOUS HEROES
CAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCHINACLASS ANALYSISCLASS STRUGGLERUSSIA & NOVOROSSIYA
RAINER SHEA—The staggering selfishness that these petty tyrants showed when Stalin tried to make their resources available to a desperate populace-with many of the kulaks having burned their supplies rather than share it-is also ignored by bourgeois commentators who see the kulaks as victims. From a capitalist perspective, taking away someone’s means for exploiting the proletariat is a heinous crime, and the kulaks were only defending themselves.
CAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDACLASS STRUGGLE
DAISY LUTHER—A new report says that more than 2 million Americans in West Virginia, Alabama, Texas and the Navajo Nation Reservation in the Southwest are living without clean running water or indoor plumbing. They’re drinking from polluted streams. They’re carrying buckets of the same water home for washing. They’re urinating and defecating outside with no wastewater treatment.
ACTIVISTS & HEROESCAPITALIST FRONTSCAPITALIST SICKNESSCLASS STRUGGLEEUROPEAN UNIONFRANCE
PATRICE GREANVILLE—The Gilets Janes celebrate their first year anniversary amid media slandering. For many weeks now the people of #France have been brutalised by their own government… limbs, eyes lost, people dead and there has been no media coverage or world outcry. Less than 1 in a thousand Americans have heard about it, and far less understand the issues involved. Meanwhile, if the media—starting with the French media itself, except for Mediapart—”cover” the Gilets at all, it is to badmouth them, Thus the first anniversary of the Gilets demonstrations was headlined almost everywhere as a return of the “casseurs” (vandals and rioters).
CITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDACLASS STRUGGLE
ALEX LANTIER—Vox’s rise is a classic example. While it has surged based on its anti-Catalan propaganda amid the wall-to-wall media denunciation of the independence referendum, no mass movement has emerged in Spain taking up Vox’s calls to deploy the army and execute political “criminals” in Catalonia. Polls confirm that large majorities of Spanish people support a negotiated settlement in Catalonia, despite the anti-Catalan hysteria in the media.