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Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America Paperback – November 9, 2010
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Ben Dangl breaks the sound barrier, exploding many myths about Latin America that are all-too-often amplified by the corporate media in the United States. Read this much-needed book.—Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!
Dancing with Dynamite dares to navigate the cloudy waters of Latin American social movements in the wake of the neoliberal wave, something which increasingly fewer thinkers and activists dare to do, but which turns out to be urgent.—Raúl Zibechi, Uruguayan journalist and author of Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces
Dangl brings complicated politics to life by infusing them with the magic, mystery and unbridled joy that invigorate social movements and permeate Latin American life in general.—Kari Lydersen, author of Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis
The relationship between mass movements and left-leaning governments is enormously complex. The subject requires careful handling. You don’t have to agree with all of Dangl’s characterizations of Latin American leaders to get a great deal from this thoughtful and well-reported book. Dancing succeeds in illuminating the gray zones between passion and power that must be negotiated on the road to building a humanist society everywhere.—Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus
Dancing with Dynamite is more than a simple romantic fascination with far-off, exotic revolutions. It offers a glimpse of what we might find beyond the crisis that has paralyzed us, the first inklings of that process that, should it come to fruition, is guaranteed to strike terror in the hearts of the Great Men of History.—Clifton Ross, for CounterPunch
On the whole, Dangl guides the reader through a rapid and fascinating survey of South America’s pink tide”, capturing the vicissitudes of today’s relationships between social movements and states. That the book is more a combination of journalism and polemic than an academic text generally works to its advantage in terms of readability and accessibility, although it does miss opportunities to dialogue with, and be informed by a broader body of thought on the nature of the state and its relationship to society. However, Dancing with Dynamite serves as a good primer for the newcomer to the region’s contemporary politics, while its revealing interviews add additional texture for closer observers of Latin America.—Jason Tockman, North American Congress on Latin America
This book is important and, I dare say, necessary for everyone who cares about the potential of social movements to take the lead in their dance with power.—Malcolm Bell, Interconnect
The book prompts the reader to think about what we mean when we talk about social movements being co-opted or undermined by the state’. The state is complex and if we treat it as an undifferentiated institution we may not identify clearly enough what the problem is.
The lessons of this book for us in the UK concern both the possibilities and the pitfalls of the dance as well as the need to support the progressive changes now sweeping Latin America.—Mike Geddes, for Red Pepper
Dangl’s latest offering provides an opportunity for the subjects of the social changes underway in Latin America to speak for themselves and tell their own story.—Federico Fuentes, for Green Left
At the moment South America is a laboratory of practice. Dancing with Dynamite is a fascinating account of the experiments happening there.—Matt Wasserman, for The Indypendent
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Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Uruguay Venezuela, Brazil, and Paraguay each get a chapter. Apart from Hugo Chavez and Venezuela, which have their own issues, the question is, Why have these governments shifted to the right of these movements, sometimes becoming merely "the lesser of two evils," sometimes actually betraying the movements and the people? I asked as I read, Why has Obama done this too?
The answers are complex, vary from nation to nation, and to some extent remain state secrets. Mr. Dangl describes each dance well and goes far to explain it. Bureaucracy, corruption, the perceived need to get along with international capitalism and to woo moderate voters, the ever-present threat from the right and pro-exploitation pressures from the US all help to call the tune. Yet except perhaps in hapless Paraguay, the peoples of all these nations seem to be largely better off than they were before. US corporations still poison land, water, and humans, though in fewer places than before. And hope remains, especially to the extent that popular movements maintain their integrity, autonomy, and effectiveness. The last chapter makes a strong case for activist movements in the US.
"The challenges for movements are similar in the north and south," Mr. Dangl writes.Read more ›
Latin America may lead from the front stead follow from behind because the Oligarchs' greed was so great that real change is now occurring in many countries.
His country by country account shows that when leftist governments finally come to power the results can be more than disappointing as social movements are politicized by association with political parties and lose their drive, less their criticisms aid the opposition. Vote for lesser evil and hope, existing power does not just drift away. This is a reoccurring theme.
He gives one clear example of this not happening in Brazil where the MST Landless Movement helps the PT party of President Lula win elections but then refuses to be absorbed, maintains independence and achieves goals without government support or approval including the expropriation of some thirty-five million acres of land occupied by nearly 400,000 families, building schools and health facilities and wielding independent political influence.Read more ›
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Great and information read. Most important for people to see and understand what is really going on in so many ways in the world.Published 16 months ago by Diane Cunningham
Closed minded, tunnel vision report that only look at the negative side of politics in South America. Read morePublished 17 months ago by PABLO R. RODRIGUEZ