Magazine article New Internationalist

They Can't Represent Us!

Magazine article New Internationalist

They Can't Represent Us!

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They Can't Represent Us! Reinventing democracy from Greece to Occupy by Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini (Verso ISBN 978 1 78168 097 1)

People are becoming so apolitical (or anti- political) they don't even bother to vote, the mainstream media asserts. Yet in recent years, millions have taken to the street, occupied public squares, created people's assemblies, and for weeks or months on end, brought parts of major cities to a halt.

Are they being 'apolitical'? Far from it. Based on extensive interviews with movement participants in Spain, Greece, the US, Venezuela and Argentina, They can't represent us gives a picture of an alternative politics in the making, one which does not always have clear results, as one Greek interviewee says, but is having undeniable effects.

The protests examined are a massive 'no' - to the destructive impetus of capitalism, to a liberal democracy that both claims monopoly status and is easily bought by corporate power. …

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