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On Bolivia, Macron, Randian Chile.
In this month’s ‘Three Articles’ – in which we each bring to the table a key article to unpick and unpack – we discuss Bolivia’s coup and a left-wing argument against Morales; Macron’s big interview in the economist and his questionable ‘defence of sovereignty’; and a libertarian nutjob goes berserk in Chile.
On Argentina’s elections and Chile & Ecuador’s revolts.
Macri’s election was heralded by the right across the continent as the end to a sequence of centre-left governments in South America. Now only four years later, he is likely to be thrown out of office by the return of ‘Kirchnerismo’. Next door, the supposedly “stable and growing” Chile is in flames as protests and riots challenge the conservative Piñera administration and the country’s deep inequality. This follows on the heels of weeks of mobilisations in Ecuador against the ending of a fuel subsidy. What’s going on and what does it all signify?
[Chile & Ecuador discussion starts at 46mins]
In which we preview Brazil’s election in which democracy itself is at stake.
Who is Bolsonaro and why should Bolsonaro be understood as a neofascist? We discuss the #EleNão feminist resistance and the backdrop of ‘antipetismo’. How has the political centre and the middle class so easily swung over to vote for such an extremist? The notion of ‘ultra-politics’ is explained and we look forward to what might happen should Bolsonaro win – and should he lose.
Essential Chomsky article: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/02/lula-brazil-election-noam-chomsky/
Jacobin archive on Brazil: https://jacobinmag.com/location/brazil
In which we discuss how the Right won this month’s election — in a country that has never seen the Left in power. Is Colombia an exception? The civil war there feels like part of the Cold War that forgot to end. We discuss the fragile peace, the militarisation of politics, and drug cartels.
In which we ask who killed Marielle Franco & discuss the shooting at Lula’s caravan + Brazil’s absent center
Episode Thirteen: In which we discuss the Bolivarian project in Venezuela and the end of the Pink Tide. Also, loving The Mooch and hating Australia.
Ft. guest Benjamin Fogel