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  •  Peacefully and Democratically? (4.00)
    When have the economic hardships of the working class, and most especially, their indigenous component, ever been handled peacefully and democratically in Latin America?   I'm not one to advocate violence but you're talking about societies with rigidly divided social, racial and economic lines, lines that have been forged over centuries, in which the state and ruling classes more often than not have the military, economic and social resources quite firmly in their pocket.  These are socities in which torture, intimidation, coercion, corruption etc are just the order of the day. Socities in which the powers that be are so deeply entrenched in their spheres of influence that a little dialogue and democracy is not going to wrestle them out without the use of similar weapons of intimidation and coercion.  

    Talking about taking a knife to a gun fight.

    we will fan the flames of our anger and pain/til you feel the shame of what you do in God's name

    by Michi on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 08:28:45 AM PST

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    •  Good Point (none)
      I'd more stress democratically, or by the will of the people rather than the will of another warlord from an opposing faction.  Peacefully is optimal, but somewhat unrealistic in many cases I guess.

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      by Closet VB Coder on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 09:03:12 AM PST

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