The Comrade with the Gun Has the Floor: Political violence, democracy and peace.

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

This paper (link below)  investigates attempts by left-wing movements to transform and democratise the organisation of political violence. To explore changes in the praxis of political violence by the left I highlight different perspectives regarding democracy and violence in contemporary revolutionary movements. The past decade has seen an upsurge of struggle against neo-liberalism and capitalism in Latin America expressed in various rebellions and by the election of left parties and movements on anti-neo-liberal platforms in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Previously, the Paris Commune, the Russian Revolution and the Allende Government in Chile, have all demonstrated the limits of establishing revolution in restricted spaces and trying to defend against the violence of counter-revolution. The lessons learnt from these struggles are now being tested across the globe and have opened up new possibilities in Latin America. In order to further understand these new possibilities and their implications for strategies of proletarian defensive violence, I look at the Zapatistas ‘net war strategy’, the question of political violence in Venezuela, the lessons of Chile’s attempt at ‘a peaceful road to socialism’ and the development of a ‘new Superpower’ – the global peace movement.
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