Category: Reviews

The Unpredictable Future: Stories From Worker-Run Factories in Argentina

The Unpredictable Future: Stories From Worker-Run Factories in Argentina

By Ben Dangl Originally published on November 23, 2009 in TowardFreedom.com Reviewed: Sin Patron: Stories From Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories, edited by Lavaca, 320 pages, Haymarket Books, 2007. Following the social upheaval in Argentina in 2001-2002 a book was published in Spanish that a lot of activists and independent journalists in the country began trying to get their hands…

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From Collapse to Action: Grassroots Solutions to American Crises

From Collapse to Action: Grassroots Solutions to American Crises

By Ben Dangl Originally published on JULY 14, 2011 in TowardFreedom.com When the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression hit the US on September 15, 2008, filmmakers S?lvia Leindecker and Michael Fox began a journey across the country to see how the economy was impacting people’s lives. Their interviews, which span two years and…

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The New Latin American Left & Reclaiming Latin America

The New Latin American Left & Reclaiming Latin America

By Ben Dangl Originally published November 20, 2009 in Z Magazine The New Latin American Left: edited by Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez, and Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito; Pluto Press, 2008, 320 pp; Experiments in Radical Social Democracy: edited by Geraldine Lievesley and Steve Ludlam, Zed Books, 2009, 288 pp. The coup in Honduras has created an ongoing challenge…

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The Unpredictable Future: Stories From Worker-Run Factories in Argentina

The Unpredictable Future: Stories From Worker-Run Factories in Argentina

Written by Benjamin Dangl November 24, 2009 Reviewed: Sin Patron: Stories From Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories, edited by Lavaca, 320 pages, Haymarket Books, 2007. Following the social upheaval in Argentina in 2001-2002 a book was published in Spanish that a lot of activists and independent journalists in the country began trying to get their hands on. It…

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Reclaiming a Continent: Latin American Experiments in Democracy

Reclaiming a Continent: Latin American Experiments in Democracy

Written by Benjamin Dangl Tuesday, 25 August 2009 Reviewed: Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy, Edited by Geraldine Lievesley and Steve Ludlam. Zed Books (August 18, 2009), 288 pages Reclaiming Latin America: Experiments in Radical Social Democracy provides an in depth and accessible introduction to Latin American politics for people seeking to understand…

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Dissecting Utopia: New Book Assesses Latin American Left

Dissecting Utopia: New Book Assesses Latin American Left

Written by Benjamin Dangl July 28, 2009 Reviewed: The New Latin American Left: Utopia Reborn, edited by Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez and Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito. Published by Pluto Press (2008), 320 pages. The conflict in Honduras has been an ongoing challenge for governments across the political spectrum in Latin America. In the years leading up to…

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Beyond Voting: Guerrilla Gardeners, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Pirate Programmers

Beyond Voting: Guerrilla Gardeners, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Pirate Programmers

By Benjamin Dangl, 8/28/08 This US election year, an unprecedented number of voters will likely head to the polls to cast their ballots in an exercise that should take just a few minutes to complete.  But what about the rest of the minutes left in the year?  Author and activist Chris Carlsson has some suggestions…

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Revolution! New Book Charts Roller Coaster Ride of South American Left

Revolution! New Book Charts Roller Coaster Ride of South American Left

By Benjamin Dangl Monday, 08 September 2008 Throughout the past eight years of the Bush administration, North and South America have politically and economically been heading in opposite directions. While Bush waged wars, curtailed civil liberties and spread neoliberalism, South Americans stopped corporate looting, ousted corrupt presidents and developed economies for people instead of profit.…

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Mexico Unconquered: Reviewing a People’s History of Power and Revolt

Mexico Unconquered: Reviewing a People’s History of Power and Revolt

By Benjamin Dangl Feb. 29, 2009 Reviewed: Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of Power and Revolt, by John Gibler, 356 Pages, City Lights Publishers, (January, 2009). Carlos Slim, the second richest man in the world, calls Mexico home, as do millions of impoverished citizens. From Spanish colonization to today’s state and corporate repression, Mexico Unconquered: Chronicles of…