Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Sacred Fire

As noted in Upside Down World, Zapatismo is alive and well in the caracols of Chiapas, but self-rule in these autonomous indigenous communities is anything but easy. Community cohesion, the sacred fire of their authentic democracy, is maintained by discipline and sacrifice--an achievement under constant threat and harassment by state authorities and paramilitary vigilantes.

Watching the Zapatistas as they continue to conduct themselves with determined dignity in the face of neoliberal oppression, it is not surprising that they look the world in the eye and ask, What have you done?

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