Plebeian Power: Collective Action and Indigenous, by Álvaro García Linera

By Álvaro García Linera

Álvaro García Linera, vice-president of Bolivia

In addition to his function as Evo Morales’s vice-president, Álvaro García Linera is one in every of Bolivia’s most efficient intellectuals. With a theoretical trajectory starting in efforts to mix Marxism and Indianism, then built in response to the neoliberal flip of the Nineteen Eighties and in touch with the mass social events of modern years, García Linera's Plebeian strength should be learn as either an evolving research of Bolivian truth via classes of serious social swap, and as an highbrow biography of the writer himself. educated by means of such thinkers as Marx, Bourdieu and René Zavaleta, García Linera displays at the nature of the country, category and indigenous identification and their relevance to social struggles in Bolivia.

English translation of l. a. potencia plebeya: Acción colectiva e identidades indígenas, obreras y populares en Bolivia released by way of Siglo del Hombre Editores and CLASCO in 2007.

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See Marx’s writings on India, China, Latin America, Ireland, Turkey, Spain, Russia, and so on, published in different periods after 1852, or present in his letters and manuscripts in preparation for Capital. Some of these works can be found in Marx and Engels 1972a; 1972b; Marx 1952; 1968b; 1969a. Also see Marx 1973a, pp. 471–9. The Communist Manifesto and Our Present • 25 panies that control the material conditions of production, invention and development of modern technologies, from countries and consumers only afforded limited access to the end-products, without being able to produce or change them.

The crisis of over-accumulation that would manifest itself as the crisis of the so-called Fordist-Taylorist form of management and of the ‘welfare-state’ that accompanied it,52 has its roots in the accumulation of dissidences, forms of insubordination and new working and consumption-demands that the global mass of labour, in a dispersed yet simultaneous fashion, began to deploy some years ago. The hope of overcoming these obstacles to valorisation on the sole basis of the intensification of the previous technological and organisational form of development, only served to spark off the crisis again, only now in the sense of the tendency of the rate of profit to fall, based on a median historical composition of capital and a form of the consumption of labour-power that had prevailed since the 1940s.

The theft of alien labour-time, on which the present wealth is based, appears a miserable foundation in the face of this new one, created by large-scale industry itself. 36 • The Communist Manifesto and Our Present On the other hand, the employment of machines, computerised controls and robots, in the last few decades, has come to create a new organic composition of the consumption of labour-power, by prioritising – at least in those branches of production with the greatest technological investment – the consumption of intellectual labour-power, and tendentially, at least, by sidelining the muscular part of labour-power.

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