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Special Collection: "Horizontalidad" in Argentina

Date Published: 
23-7-10

"Horizontalism" is one of the ways in which so many here describe part of what they are doing and how they are doing it. Horizontalism is not an ideology, however, it is a relationship - a way of relating to one another in a directly democratic way while at the same time creating through the process of discovery. What has resulted is the creation of an amazing complex of movements, all linked, that range from hundreds of occupied and producing factories using forms of direct democracy and collective decision making, to dozens of neighborhood asambleas (assemblies), to dozens of piquetero groups, many of whom are organized into a network of the Movement of Unemployed Workers (MTD), and hundreds of autonomous neighborhood kitchens and centers of popular education. Horizontalidad en Argentina
by Marina A Sitrin

    The following is a small selection of interviews with protagonists in the autonomous social movements in Argentina, the second in a series that will continue to appear here in the coming months. These are among the many voices that I have the privilege to be compiling into an oral history to be published bilingually in the near future.
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Repression of Unemployed Workers:
a new terror campaign to minimize subsidies

by Jennifer Schockemoehl and Jennifer Lawhorne

    In mid-November, local officials sent out notice that Neuquen, a city in southern Argentina, would be the first locality to implement new changes proposed in the federal unemployment assistance program. Neuquen authorities required assistance recipients to register at local offices as part of the new system. more...

D20 Argentina: 2 Years Later Piqueteros, Neighborhood Assemblies and Occupied Factories
by Jim Straub

    Last week was the two-year anniversary of a popular uprising and economic crisis that profoundly changed social and political life in Argentina. For years, corporate globalization and capitalism have been causing increasing hardship and suffering in Latin America. But by late 2001 in Argentina, a particularly bad economy went into a complete free-fall that lit the final spark under a smoldering population.
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