Re: [OPE-L] Claudio on ALBA

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Mon Apr 10 2006 - 14:55:34 EDT

At 10:22 08/04/2006, Jerry wrote:
>Note that this is 1 part of a multi-part series by Claudio.
>What is the meaning of ALBA for the Latin American working class
>and the future of capitalism in Latin America?  Is the ALBA project
>related to the project to build a "socialism of the 21st century"?
>If so, how?

The overriding concept in ALBA is one of solidarity among peoples and
exchange not of commodities but activities. Claudio (Katz) spoke on
the World Social Forum panel organised by the Centro Internacional
Miranda on 'ALBA: an alternative to Neo-liberalism?' (along with
Judith Valencia of Venezuela-- who he cites, Jose Luis Pacheco of
Venezuela and Orlando Caputo of Chile). Claudio's focus was primarily
exposing the nature of Mercosur (as in these articles).If I recall
correctly, he agreed with my comment from the floor that revolutions
were necessary before other countries now in mercosur would be
members of ALBA and that in this respect ALBA basically functioned in
those countries as a vision supporting revolutions.
         in solidarity,
ps. the other CIM panel was 'The Marxism of Che Guevara and Socialism
for the 21st Century' with Fernando Martinez (Cuba), Carlos Lanz
(Venezuela), Peter McLaren (USA), Alexander Buzgalin (Russia) and me.
Michael A. Lebowitz
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Economics Department
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada V5A 1S6

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