Benjamin Dangl

Benjamin Dangl is a doctoral candidate in Latin American History at McGill University, and the author of the books Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America, and The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. He edits UpsideDownWorld.org, a website on activism and politics in Latin America, andTowardFreedom.com, a progressive perspective on world events. Follow him on Twitter: @bendangl

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Dismantling Power: The Zapatista Indigenous Presidential Candidate's Vision to Transform Mexico from Below
The Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress (CNI) held an assembly in May in which they chose María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, a Nahua indigenous healer, as their spokesperson and presidential candidate for the 2018 elections in Mexico. "Patricio’s candidacy is based on a model of politics...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Trump’s Budget Expands Global War on the Backs of the American Poor
It is fitting that while President Trump is traveling the world, sealing a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, he would drop his own kind of bomb on the American people: his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, titled, of course, “ The New Foundation for American Greatness .” “This Budget’s...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
After Empowering the 1% and Impoverishing Millions, IMF Admits Neoliberalism a Failure
Last week a research wing of the International Monetary Fund came out with a report admitting that neoliberalism has been a failure. The report, entitled, “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” is hopefully a sign of the ideology's death. They were only about 40 years late. As Naomi Klein tweeted about the...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Why We Need to Ditch Austerity and Take on the Global 1%
By next year, the richest 1% of the world will own more wealth than the rest of the entire population of the planet, according to Oxfam . This is a staggering figure, almost impossible to comprehend. And yet, this fact alone puts into focus a harsh truth: that we live in a fierce, inhuman,...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent
The world has lost one of its great writers. Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano died on Monday at age 74 in Montevideo. He left a magical body of work behind him, and his reach is as wide as his continent. During Argentina's 2001-2002 economic crisis, Galeano’s words walked down the streets with a...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Why the US is the Biggest Threat to World Peace
Like a lot of Americans, each morning in elementary and high school, I had to stand up before the U.S. flag, put my hand on my heart, and pledge allegiance to the United States of America. While it was a mindless routine for most of us, the meaning behind the ritual was clear: that the U.S. was...
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Who Rules the World? How Concentration of Wealth and Political Power Undermines Global Democracy
With a $4 billion price tag, the recent US midterm election was the most expensive in the country’s history. For the first time in eight years, the Republicans gained complete control of Congress, as well as won victories in key Senate and gubernatorial races across the country. With elections in...
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Why Evo Morales Will Likely Win Upcoming Elections in Bolivia
Buses charged through downtown La Paz, Bolivia, honking horns and belching exhaust, as street vendors hawked ice cream and cell phones. I walked past corner stores selling mining equipment, and climbed the steps to the central offices of the Bartolina Sisa indigenous and women farmers’ organization...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Giant Corporations Want to Control All of Your Beer
The variety of the craft-brewing wave sweeping the US makes drinking beer more fun than ever. Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery brews a beer from local oysters, and the Delaware-based Dogfish Head uses an ancient beer recipe they dug up from 2,700-year-old drinking vessels in the tomb of King Midas...
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Indigenous demonstrators in Peru's Cajamarca province protesting drinking water contamination from the US-Peruvian Conga gold mine, whose operations have been stalled due to the local opposition. (Photo: Diego Cupolo) Views
Friday, April 25, 2014
Neoliberalism, the Left, and the Politics of Pachamama
When I sat down to an early morning interview with Evo Morales over a decade ago in Cochabamba, Bolivia, the then-coca farmer leader and dissident congressman was drinking fresh-squeezed orange juice and ignoring the constant rings of the landline phone at his union’s office. Just a few weeks...
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