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When Citizens Are Merely Political Spectators They Get Rolled Over by the Political Class

Those left dazed and confused by the Democrats’ rapid fall from grace would do well to look to Latin America, where similar coalitions have risen to power over the last decade.

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It’s also about seeing the similarities between the north and the south. Corrupt bosses, free market policies, repressive governments, unjust laws – they’re everywhere. The same economic ideologies have devastated communities across borders. In some cases, it’s the same corporation that’s trying to privatize the water in Argentina, Bolivia and the US. And in the past 10 years, it’s been the Latin American social movements that have been the most successful at fighting back. Their grassroots victories have been based on the fact that they transformed politics into something more than just what happens on election day.

Micah Uetricht is a staff writer for and a frequent contributor to In These Times. He lives in Chicago and can be reached at micah [dot] uetricht [at] gmail [dot] com.

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