Whew. This was one hell of a read. The first half felt like a marathon with Webb trying to name, place, and describe all the players involved with cocWhew. This was one hell of a read. The first half felt like a marathon with Webb trying to name, place, and describe all the players involved with cocaine smuggling into the US to make money to fund to illegal Contra War. He moves from the lowliest rung to the top indirectly naming President Reagan and officials with the US military and CIA. It almost sounds too ludicrous to believe, but he manages to meticulously document his research. I sincerely appreciate his work.
The second half of the book was more specific to Webb's release of his Dark Alliance series and the fallout that came with that. The second part felt much more chronological and fast paced. It wrapped the book up quickly.
My heart goes out to Freeway Rick Ross and I don't believe that Webb committed suicide.
He starts with an analysis of oppressor and oppressed--how these groups come to be, how they perpetuate each other, anAn interesting read, certainly.
He starts with an analysis of oppressor and oppressed--how these groups come to be, how they perpetuate each other, and how we change the dynamic to realize everyone's potential. This is turn leads to a great critique of education--a process not of authentic dialogue, but a monologue with authoritarian structures set up to denote who commands and who follows; who teaches and who learns. I grew up in such an educational system--a banking system--where we as students were expected to learn dates, persons, events--really quite static and uninteresting--and then throw up that knowledge onto tests to prove that we'd learned something. This a problematic way of teaching--a way of teaching that isn't critical, reflective, joyous, intuitive, or related to the reality that most people live in. So, Freire says, we need a new way--a different way--of educating.
Freire's work has touched so many and has been used in the creation of other theory and action. I was glad to read it. I do think he gets a little taken away from his points when he starts talking about the Marxist revolutionary vanguard and the people--divisions it felt like in most of the book he was trying to break down and abolish. Yet he leaves space for the creation of more divisions. Why? I'm looking forward to reading other works of his and re-reading this in a book group next month where we can further investigate and tease out the meaning and nuances of his theory. ...more
This book reminds me of the best traditions of Indymedia. Individuals who are apart of collective social struggle articulating their views on that strThis book reminds me of the best traditions of Indymedia. Individuals who are apart of collective social struggle articulating their views on that struggle while exploring how they got to the rebellion in Oaxaca, Mexico. Some stories came from teachers, some from seniors, some from indigenous people, some from youth, some from parents, some from peasants, some from activists, some from journalists, and some from women--just an amazing array of stories about the uprising against Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2006. All the essays are around 6 pages each which means more voices and each story had progressions that told specific stories about who they were and how the social rebellion directly impacted their lives. The stories painted an amazing portrait of the uprising from multiple sectors of the movement. There wasn't a long introduction nor was there some academic trying to abstract the whole thing--just everyday people talking about their experiences that fed into a collective, historical struggle for dignity and justice against a massively armed state that used violence and repression against them. Inspiring and highly recommended! Did I mention all the amazing photography? Well, there's that too....more
A solid little book looking at the concept of accompaniment. Lynd has a beautiful way of keeping things digestible and accessible. He and his wife AliA solid little book looking at the concept of accompaniment. Lynd has a beautiful way of keeping things digestible and accessible. He and his wife Alice, write about specific case studies that they have been apart of to tell the story of how to accompany--instead of writing a thick academic text where the writer deconstructs the concept and tosses out all the human connection with this simple and stunningly impact-ful social act that can change seemingly unchangeable systems of domination. Short, accessible, well written. A solid book....more
What an amazing book. Conant does a great job describing and moving through the history, mythology, and media use of the Zapatistas from its inceptionWhat an amazing book. Conant does a great job describing and moving through the history, mythology, and media use of the Zapatistas from its inception to 2011. A beautiful mix of solid writing, good analysis, and thoughtful introspection on his part. I love the stories Marcos uses to tell the story of the Zapatistas and I love Conant's own poetic voice at times throughout. The book read like a really cool, imaginative journey--not some academic text. I'll definitely keep my eye out for more by this author. SO SO SO SO good!...more
What a great content analysis of Donald Duck comics from a Chilean point of view as the democratically elected Allende government was coming into poweWhat a great content analysis of Donald Duck comics from a Chilean point of view as the democratically elected Allende government was coming into power only to have nightmare of Pinochet emerge quickly with full backing and support of the US.
Dorfman and Mattelart cut away the propaganda and expose the duck and the Disnified world they live in as one that reproduces negative stereotypes through a US colonialist lens all the while being peddled to people in Latin America as some innocent, child's comic. It's hardly innocent.
Just a great bit of mass media criticism. Really spot on.
An anthology of Dorfman's work revolving around another September 11th--September 11th, 1973--the day that the socialist president of Chile, SalvadorAn anthology of Dorfman's work revolving around another September 11th--September 11th, 1973--the day that the socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was murdered by the military in a coup d'etat ushering in the bloody, torturous and tyrannical reign of General Augusto Pinochet. Instead of being murdered, Dorfman fled his native Chile to end up in the U.S.; it's ironic as the government of his new home happened to be the ones backing the Pinochet coup and slaughter of innocent Chileans.
Anyway, I recall reading some very moving pieces in this volume and would recommend it to others. After reading this book--and seeing the kind of shit going on in other places in Latin America--I've grown much more attuned to our neighbors to the south. Dorfman's writing is poetic and moving and always cutting against a regime and his exile from his homeland....more
A really good book to give you the down low on Bolivian resistance to Bechtel Corporation coming into the country and taking over all the water in ordA really good book to give you the down low on Bolivian resistance to Bechtel Corporation coming into the country and taking over all the water in order to price gouge/exploit Bolivians. Yes, that's right. All water--including the rain. There was a massive uprising that beat back the corporation and their hired brute force--the state--and won a victory against globalization.
Some of the chapters are really good, some of them, as I recall, read oddly and I wonder if that's due to the translation. Otherwise, definitely a good book to check out in order to find out more about Bolivian resistance to corporate domination.