Ideas for the Struggle

Harnecker, Marta

Publisher:  Old and New Project
Date Written:  01/01/2004
Year Published:  2016   First Published:  2004
Pages:  45pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20312

A revision of Harnecker's 2004 collection of essays, examining the movements of the left and the challenges faced in organizing and furthering movements, edited for the US historical context.




We have to think of politics as the art of constructing forces. We have to overcome the old and deeply-rooted mistake of trying to build a political force without building a social force.

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of revolutionary phase-mongering among our militants; too much radicalism in their statements. I am convinced that the only way to radicalize a given situation is through the construction of forces. Those whose words are filled with demands for radicalization must answer the following question: what are you doing to construct the political and social force necessary to push the process forward?


The rejection by a majority of the people of the globalization model imposed on our continent intensifies each day given its inability to solve the most pressing problems of our people. Neoliberal policies implemented by large transnational financial capital, which is backed by a large military and media power, and whose hegemonic headquarters can be found in the United States, have not only been unable to resolve these problems but, on the contrary, have dramatically increased misery and social exclusion, while concentrating wealth in increasingly fewer hands.

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