Decades of research in the making, Dr. Marcelo Vieta’s book, “Worker’s Self-Management in Argentina: Contesting Neo-Liberalism by Occupying Companies, Creating Cooperatives, and Recuperating Autogestión” is a remarkable work of academic and political reporting.
Grounded in class struggle Marxism, the book delves into Argentina’s long tradition of working-class activism, the broader history of workers’ responses to capitalist crisis, and the wave of anti-systemic movements against neo-liberal capitalism that took hold throughout the country in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
This movement led to around 400 companies across most urban economic sectors being taken over and converted to co-operatives by almost 16,000 workers.
Dr. Vieta delves deeper into his writing in this interview, as we also discuss the relevance of worker revolution in our current state of COVID-19 afflicted affairs.
This episode originally aired on March 28, 2020. The interview was recorded a few weeks prior, right at the start of the global pandemic shutdown.