Dave suggests that although..
“Correa’s movement is undoubtedly a Eurocentric, middle class consumerist affair, and may not do much to improve the lot of the indigenous peoples or their environment, I’m still cautiously optimistic that his election represents a very important and positive step.”
Dave’s idea is that because Correa kicks out Euro-American institutions, such as the IMF, the World Bank, and related gangs of thugs, it should somehow be considered progress in the “right direction”:
“In standing up to these colonialist institutions, Correa may not change the way Ecuador is run, but he will change where it is run. When the big decisions are made in Quito, not New York, Washington, London and Geneva, the Ecuadorean electorate will get a chance to change things. It’s perhaps a necessary step; we must always demand social justice, but it’s unrealistic to expect it from distant, opaque and unnaccountable financial institutions.”
We do not share Dave’s idealistic view on “democracy” or whatever that sham held up by elections is called this week. It is just as unrealistic from within and close to home as it is from far away. Anyone who has spent a bit of time on anti-capitalist literature and research would know that there is no such things as “democracy” – so what is this notion of the “electorate”? In particular the works of Michael Perelman [see: The Invention of Capitalism: Classical Political Economy and the Secret History of Primitive Accumulation] and Giorgio Agamben are illuminating in this context.
And even if…
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.” [good ole Noam Chomsky]
From an anarchist position -from an anti-capitalist position-, it makes no difference whether capitalism is controlled from left or right, from the south or north – by this or by that outfit of entrepeneurs. The thrust of Correa’s neo-socialist progress for Ecuador is based on Chinese plastic and urban Brasilian consumerism — revolving around Ecuadorian middle class spending of remittances from emigrants on imported goods — and it shall all be financed and regulated and controlled and whatever the terms are by a clone of the IMF and the World Bank – just run by Latin Americans – the off-spring of the Conquistadores, the hangover of the “White Man’s plastic excuse”. Patriarchal business with some Iron Ladies interspersed as usual.
Correa’s Capitalism Light (another word for neo-socialism) and the nationalism that it spawns could go almost any way – but it will most certainly not go in an anti-capitalist direction and it will not improve the lot of the indigenous peoples (whom he threatens with military interventions if they complain) in their own terms; at best urbanise them by building roads and fast food diners in what is left of the jungle. No thanks!
The enemy of my enemy is not automagically my friend.
The appropriate measures for changing the world are far beyond what most people (want to) realise, so let us end on this note as food for some thought beyond oxymorons like electorate, democracy and related distractions:
The Revolution will not be funded – we need to go beyond the “the symbiotic relationship between the establishment Left/Non-Profit Industrial Complex” (meaning foundations and social service agencies) and the political and financial elite, an alliance that controls public discourse. This relationship makes nonprofits “the political arm of state-sanctioned violence.” [and] “the velvet purse of state repression”……..
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