Auroras of the Zapatistas


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Auroras of the Zapatistas
Local & Global Struggles of the Fourth World War
Midnight Notes Collective

This anthology edited by the Midnight Notes Collective does some of the work of defining the elements of the new political chemistry of the planetary working class… What the Zapatista movement means for the U.S. anti-globalization movement is still an open question more than six years since the dawning.
The importance of the Zapatistas for Midnight Notes lies in their ability to open up a space (at great cost to themselves) wherein they are helping all of us to shape a halt to globalizing capital… Isn’t it strange that a peasant army from the poorest state of Mexico should play such an important role in the formation of a movement that can stop the headlong progress of globalizing capital? No, for we must remember that this is not the first time a “peasant revolution” (the “sickle”) has reached into the most advanced points of capitalist production (the “hammer”). One might say that the whole problem of twentieth century anti-capitalism is to be found in the enigma of the hammer and the sickle, and that the Zapatistas have tried to answer it in a new way… [t]he Zapatistas have had to remind us [that] the land is the source of tremendous revolutionary power and those who wield the sickle are often the instigators of revolutionary change — even in the stratosphere of high-tech production — because they have the power to subsist without capitalist mediation… [T]he contemporary wielders of hammers [made either of real steel, silicon chips or DNA chains] must learn a few things from the most humble of this earth…

Introduction. The Hammer and…or the Sickle: From the Zapatista Uprising to the Battle of Seattle — Midnight Notes Collective
Indigenous Autonomy in Oaxaca, Mexico — Gustavo Esteva
Mexican Civil Society and the EZLN: Interviews with Lopez-Monjardin, Manzo and Moguel — Ana-Ester Cecena
Encounters in Chiapas — Monty Neill
The Traditions of People of Reason and the Reasons of People of Tradition: A Report on the Second International Encuentro — Gustavo Esteva
Canada and Zapatismo – -Chris Vance
How Does Europe View the Zapatistas? Interviews with Bottero, Salza, Habermann, Tomsin, de Angelis and Brand — Ana-Ester Cecena
People’s Global Action: Dreaming an Old Ghost — Olivier de Marcellus
Towards a New Commons: Class Analysis and the Zapatistas — Monty Neill
Questions for Ramona: Zapatismo and Feminism — Claudia von Werlof
The Making of La Ciudad: David Riker on Politics and Filmmakin
Victory over a Life of Living Death — Shankar Guha Niyogi
On Whom the Bombs Fall? The NATO-Yugoslavia War — Massimo de Angelis and Silvia Federici
From Capitalist Crisis to Proletarian Slavery: An Introduction to the US Class Struggle 1973-1998 — George Caffentzis
Eulogy for Rod Thurton (1938-2000)
Revolutionary Tygers in the Night — Peter Linebaugh

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