Norwegian social ecologist Sveinung Legard has posted to the New Compass website an enlightening review of a recent University of Oregon senior thesis, which explores the history of the popular assemblies that emerged throughout Argentina during the height of their 2001 financial crisis. Most notably, the thesis explores the reasons for the demise of the Argentine assembly movement, particularly the divisive involvement of left political parties and the state’s attempts to satisfy the assemblies’ more moderate demands. Sveinung writes:
I have chosen to write a short review of Thompson’s thesis, because I think the lessons learned in Argentina may be valuable for the assembly movements emerging around the world. If we are going to succeed in our struggle for “real democracy,” we have to learn from the success’ and failures of past movements with similar ambitions.
The full story is at http://new-compass.net/news/fall-argentine-assembly-movement.