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Social movements and the capitalist crisis: Towards a latin american alternative

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The world social movement for an alterative to neoliberalism, that is, the so called “alterworld movement” was born and is developing amidst the internal contradictions of global capital locked in a struggle for world domination. The Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America (ALBA) initiative is a response to the FTAA and seeks to develop a political, social and economic project from within Latin America for Latin Americans, i.e., a project of disconnection from the process of U.S. economic annexationism and the loss of sovereignty. Beyond integrating Latin America for Latin Americans, ALBA seeks to create a multipolar world with a greater presence of the countries of the South. The Brazilian Landless Peoples Movement (MST) is the most important social movement in Latin America. MST activities revolve around a broader and more ambitious project of creating a democratic society based on solidarity, equality, and greater ecological consciousness.

Keywords: Brazilian landless peoples movement (MST); capitalist crisis; economic rights; global war; globalisation; Latin America; multipolar world; national social movements; neoliberal crisis; social rights



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