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  •  the takeway lesson from Brazil for revolutionaries (1+ / 0-)
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    seems, to me, to be:

    the corporate economic and financial system is a vast interconnected global network that is impossible for any nation to extract itself from.  All of us, everywhere, are completely dependent upon it for our entire 21st century way of life.

    That means that no country, even with the best-intentioned leadership, can set its own pathway or control its own economic fate. "Socialism in one country" is simply impossible.

    If we want to destroy that global network, we will have to destroy it everywhere all at once.  It simply cannot be beaten piecemeal, one country at a time.

    •  It will be beaten back. People will rise up and (0+ / 0-)

      free themselves from this version of oppression and tyranny, just as in any other historical period.

      •  yes, they will. but if they try it one nation at a (0+ / 0-)

        time, they will fail. I give full cheers to the Brazilians (and their government) for trying. And it cannot be denied that even though many problems remain for them, people in Brazil are incomparably better off now than they were twenty years ago. But alas, their strategy is not an effective one against a global system--though it must be noted that, by joining together with similar leftist governments in Venezuela and Argentina and forming their own regional "counter-IMF" in an attempt to win economic independence, the Brazilian government went much further than anyone else has, and has shown the rest of us the way forward.  

        Alas, though, regional alliances simply are not enough.  We live in a global world.  Our response to it must be global as well.

        That will not happen by people spontaneously taking to the streets. It will take an enormous amount of organizing work, to build up our own "counter-structures" that are not just regional, but global.  That will take years to do, maybe decades.  But do it we must.  There is no alternative.

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