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Horizontalism: Argentina’s Recuperated Factories November 11, 2008

Posted by globaljusticeaction in Uncategorized.

One of the models that inform our belief that another world without capitalism is possible is the Horizontalist movement in Latin America, specifically the recuperated factory movement in Argentina.

The Argentinian government’s unquestioned devotion to the flimsy system of global capitalism caused massive collapse of their entire economic infrastructure in the early part of this decade. Factory workers, sick of the unemployment caused by the flight of corporate capital, pried open the doors to their factories, and started the dusty machines once again, finding their own clients to sell to, and managing manufacturing without bosses.

Read more about Latin American Horizontalism here.
The author of the above article wrote “Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina,” a book available for sale at AK Press’ website

In addition, a book written by the Lavaca Collective documents the struggle inside recuperated factories, including interviews with workers. This is also available from AK Press.

For a peek at the organizing going on around the recuperated factories in Argentina, Naomi Klein and her husband Avi Lewis documented the phenomenon in a beautiful 2004 documentary film called The Take:

Watch the film instantly:

Order the film from its website

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