Backstory: What OWS Can Learn From Argentina

Thursday, December 08, 2011

In the late 1990s, Argentina spiraled into a recession not unlike our own. That economic crisis also spawned the “piquetero movement,” where activists pioneered a system of strategic roadblocks as a form of protest. Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left, discusses what the piqueteros did and didn’t accomplish and what lessons Occupy Wall Street can learn from the movement.


Nikolas Kozloff

Comments [4]

Carol from CT

Amy, even though these neoliberal economic measures were imposed by the IMF, the Argentina's government was responsible for playing the game. These measures benefited the political elite economically and politically in the early part of 1990s, without mentioning their own pockets. Some of these measures were imposed undemocratically by presidential decrees bypassing Congress.

Dec. 08 2011 02:01 PM

Jeffery Sacks in a new book claims to have solved the economic problems of Latin America before he moved on to do the same for Eastern Europe and Russia. An opportunity to raise the question with the author would have been useful.

Dec. 08 2011 01:51 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Could the lack of a Tea Party equivalent in Argentina during the time in question have been partly because the economic measures were imposed from outside, by the IMF, rather than by Argentina's gov't.?

Dec. 08 2011 01:42 PM
Howard Maurer from Buenos Aires, Argentina

I'm a former New Yorker who now lives in Buenos Aires. The piqueteros' blocking of traffic is almost a daily occurrence, done by a variety of groups. I think the average person even notices which group of the day is doing the protesting anymore.

The problem with the government stimulus is that it contributed to horrific inflation, now 25% per year (although the government claims that it's about 11% -- still awful anywhere else in the world)

Dec. 08 2011 01:38 PM

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