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  1. Latin America: End of a golden age?

    Edgardo Lander, Franck Gaudichaud, Miriam Lang
    05 March 2018
    Article

    Following their participation in the international symposium that we coordinated last June on “Progessive governments and post-neoliberalism in Latin America: End of a golden age?” at the University of Grenoble, France, we thought it would be worthwhile going back over the Latin American context with the sociologists Edgardo Lander (Venezuela) and Miriam Lang (Ecuador). Both of them have a sharp critical view, very often at odds concerning the present scene, and both have participated actively in recent years in the debates on the initial balance sheets of the progressive governments of 1998-2015, in particular those of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Miriam’s case and of the Transnational Institute in Edgardo’s case.

  2. The longterm crisis

    Edgardo Lander
    24 January 2018
    Article

    In this article Edgardo Lander portrays today's extensive crisis that is facing Venezuela. Because today, after more than a decade of profound political and social transformations, Venezuela is facing its most severe crisis since the civil wars of the 19th century. The significant accomplishments of the Bolivarian Revolution are all at risk. The economy is collapsing, poverty, undernourishment and death rates are increasing. Political polarization and violence could lead to a civil war. All this is seriously aggravated by increasing international isolation, due among other things, to the turn to the right of the governments of Brazil and Argentina, and imperialist actions like the recently imposed financial blockade and threats of military intervention made by Donald Trump.

  3. Venezuela - Perspectives from the South

    • Santiago Arconada Rodríguez, Karina Arévalo, Javier Biardeau, Atilio A. Borón, Ana Esther Ceceña, Reinaldo Iturriza, Claudio Katz, Edgardo Lander, Miguel Mazzeo, Claudia Korol, Juan Carlos Monedero, Nildo Ouriques, Isabel Rauber, Maristella Svampa, Marco Teruggi, Zuleima Vergel, Raúl Zibechi
    10 August 2017
    Report

    Venezuela is passing through a period of acute political, economic and social turmoil, which has intensified the debate within the regional and global left about the nature, the legacy and the prospects of the Bolivarian process.

     

  4. The "unconditional solidarity" of the left with Chavismo

    Edgardo Lander
    31 March 2017
    Article

    The Latin American left’s unconditional support of Chavismo has reinforced the negative tendencies of the Venezuelan experience. Many leftists around the world have not learned from past mistakes and end up endorsing “mafia governments” such as that of Nicaragua, and that “when the Venezuelan model collapses”, the international left may simply “look elsewhere”.

  5. President Maduro of Venezuela

    The implosion of Venezuela's rentier state

    • Edgardo Lander
    07 September 2016
    Paper

    The current crisis of the Bolivarian project is due to its failure to question the rentier petro-state model. Far from accepting that an alternative to capitalism necessarily had to be a departure from the destructive development model of unlimited growth, the government of President Chávez intensified it to extremes unknown in the country’s previous history.

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    Venezuela’s fabric of solidarity has become an individualistic and competitive black market

    Edgardo Lander
    12 October 2015
    Article

    Edgardo Lander argues that Venezuela’s once-hopeful revolution is coming to an end, because  it failed to overcome the Leninist logic of verticality as well as the model of the rentier state.

  7. Venezuela's crisis: Exploring some root causes

    Edgardo Lander
    02 March 2015
    Article
    Venezuela's failure to develop an effective strategy to reduce its economy's dependence on gas and oil threatens the social successes and future viability of the Bolivarian project.
  8. Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

    • Edgardo Lander, Translator; Sara Shields
    02 October 2014
    Paper

    Venezuela's failure to develop an effective strategy to reduce its economy's dependence on gas and oil threatens the social successes and future viability of the Bolivarian project.

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    Civil society and decolonisation in South America

    • Edgardo Lander
    20 September 2012
    Book

    An historical overview of Latin American debates and experiences related to democracy, citizenship and civil society and some highlights of current conflicts in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.

  10. The Green Economy: the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing

    • Edgardo Lander
    06 December 2011
    Policy briefing

    The fundamental flaw at the heart of UNEP's report "Towards a Green Economy" is its failure to analyse the extraordinarily unequal power relations that exist in today’s world, and the interests at play in the operation of this global economic system.

  11. The path for Venezuela can not be neoliberalism or Stalinism

    Edgardo Lander
    24 January 2011

    The Venezuelan process is caught between a fundamental contradiction: popular demands for democratic participation against tendencies towards hierarchical decison-making and concentration of power.

  12. Reflections on the Cochabamba climate summit

    Edgardo Lander
    29 April 2010
    Article

    After last week’s climate summit in Bolivia, it is now possible for the governments to express the agenda of the social movements and the world’s most threatened peoples within the next official climate conference in Mexico.

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    How the myth of unlimited growth is destroying the planet

    Edgardo Lander
    15 December 2009

    Economic growth and continued expansion are a vital requirement for the current pattern of civilisation. We need to change this if we are to solve the climate crisis.

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    Contours of Climate Justice

    • Edgardo Lander, Walden Bello, Ulrich Brand, Nicola Bullard, Tadzio Mueller
    25 November 2009
    Book

    This publication aims to contribute to a more sophisticated understanding of the emerging climate justice movement and to create resonances between different perspectives and spheres of engagement. The activities around the COP 15 in Copenhagen are a starting point in the creation of such a broad movement

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    Video debate: Struggle over Venezuela referendum

    Edgardo Lander, Gregory Wilpert
    07 December 2007
    Article
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    The economic policy of the Latin American left in government:

    • Edgardo Lander, Pablo Navarrete
    23 November 2007
    Venezuela has undergone profound political and social changes since Hugo Chávez assumed the presidency in February 1999, which have been reflected in the fundamental pillars of the government’s economic policy.
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    Those who do not learn from history

    Edgardo Lander
    01 January 2007
    Article
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    Dominant tendencies of our days. Is our time running out?

    Edgardo Lander
    01 January 2007
    Article
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