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Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina Paperback – December 1, 2006
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Sitrin records many stirring accounts of the political awakening and empowerment of ordinary people. They explain in their own words, humbly but eloquently, their anarchist principles of "autogestion" (self-management), and horizontalism, and their refusal to vie for government.
My only qualms with the book are that it gets to be somewhat repetitive, and could have been shortened by 50 pages without losing much detail. Also, as this is history from the grassroots, we never get a clear overview of the arc of the events of the late 90's and early 00's, or an explanation of how the movements fell short of their lofty goals, and what lessons were learned to help prepare for the next upsurge. And the lack of detail about the interviewees, such as age, class, occupation, family circumstances, prevents the speakers from fully coming alive in my mind the way that the interviewees of Studs Terkel or Robert Coles do.
But overall, this is a unique and valuable contribution to the literature on cutting edge of grassroots social struggle.
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Wonderful insight into what the community can accomplish digging out of the debris of a [deliberately? Read morePublished 23 months ago by George McDuffee
Great Book! I teach this in my undergraduate classes and the students love it. It offers a much needed antidote to the all-too-pervasive political cynicism and narratives of... Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by ZG