Tag: Colombia

Colombia: Counter/Revolution in Present Tense

Facing the negative results from the plebiscite to ratify the peace agreements, Colombia is in the midst of a counter-revolution of sorts. But the country is not staying still. The day arrived, voting stations opened in the morning, they closed in the afternoon, and results hastily came through. Towards the end of the day, and…

Colombia: The Rubble of History and the Future to Come

The Colombian peace agreement plebiscite to ratify the final agreement on the termination of the Colombian conflict on 2 October 2016 is a day when another Colombia and another world become possible. On 2 October 2016, a country of 48 million people will confront their own history. History understood here not in its usual sense,…

Dense Struggle (III): The Modern Uncanny

<< Read Part IIIn the last two posts I have argued that the longue durée of capitalist modernity has implied an expansion of a material and social global ordering, and that this process is far from being free of emotional forces, even of an uncanny dimension. In my account, this expansion of capitalist modernity —…

Dense Struggle (II): Oh yes, that, our world

In the preamble of the Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx and Engels made the famous dictum: A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies. History has proven…

Dense Struggle (I): Violence and the otherworldly

How can we make sense of popular struggles in this period of late capitalist modernity? What do the experiences, voices, and visions of groups involved in such struggles tell us about the actual functioning of our world — a world mined with growing inequalities, ever more intrusive levels of governance and managerial techniques, all of…

Mao Tse-Tung in Bogota: The Pragmatism of FARC and its Parallel in China

Several analysts of the peace process currently under way in Colombia have overlooked the curious parallel between the guerrilla insurgents’ proposal to establish some 50 Peasant Reserve Zones (ZRCs in their Spanish initials) in the national territory and the policy of ‘one country, two systems’ implemented by the Chinese leadership following the death of Mao.…

Mass Political Defiance: A Conversation with Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp, the most important theorist on non violent struggle, accepted to answer various questions about his work for the blog cosmopolita and the printed edition of El Espectador (20th of May 2011). In this interview Sharp speaks about his theory and also about recent political events, such as the revolt against Mubarak and the…