Midge Quandt

REVIEW: The New Mole: Paths of the Latin American

The New Mole: Paths of the Latin American By Emir Sader, Verso, 2011, 169 pp. Review by Midge Quandt The title of The New Mole: Paths of the Latin American Left, by Brazilian writer, Emir Sader, is taken from Marx to refer to the revolutionary impulse, which burrows quietly underground until it comes to the…

Book Review: New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America: Voice and Consequence,

New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America: Voice and Consequence, Eds. Maxwell A. Cameron, Eric Hershberg and Kenneth E. Sharpe, New York, 2012, 263 pages. Review by Midge Quandt           This book consists of a group of essays about participatory democracy in Latin America. Participatory democracy is direct citizen participation in the political arena;…

Latin America Goes Global

In the Periodical Literature: Reviews of Essays from the Journals Midge Quandt Latin America Goes Global “Latin America in the New Global Capitalism,” by William I. Robinson, from NACLA: Report on the Americas 45, No. 2 (Summer 2012): 3-18. In a recent article, William Robinson, a University of California professor, assesses the transition in Latin…

Occupy Wall Street and Grassroots Movements in Latin America

by Midge  Quandt (AFGJ Board Emeritus) The Occupy Wall Street movement that by December 2011 had spread to 900 cities world-wide led me to question my earlier allegiance to the idea that government/the state is the most effective avenue to radical social change. The Occupy movement also led me to revisit a related argument that…

Review of Jean Bricmont’s Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War

This is the first in a series of book reviews on militarism by Midge Quandt. Jean Bricmont, Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War, Monthly Review Press, 2006, 183 pp. Since the end of the Cold War, the doctrine of humanitarian intervention — which asserts that severe human rights violations justify the abrogation of…