Anarchism, Marxism, and Zapatismo


December 8, 2009 by The Mormon Worker

Here is a great book review of the above mentioned title from the website Znet:

By Hans Bennett
and Staughton Lynd

On January 1, 1994, the now-infamous North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect. That same day, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), rose up and launched a military offensive that occupied towns throughout the state of Chiapas, in Mexico. The EZLN, or “Zapatistas” had been covertly organizing for many years, but they specifically chose the day of NAFTA’s implementation for their public rebellion.

Many components of NAFTA favored US corporate interests at the expense of Mexico’s general population, but the Zapatistas were particularly opposed to NAFTA’s rewriting of the Mexican Constitution, in order to eliminate the population’s biggest victory won during the Mexican Revolution fought years before, at the time of World War One. “The Mexican Revolution wrote into the national constitution the opportunity for a village to hold its land communally, in an ejido, so that no individual could alienate any portion of it,” writes Staughton Lynd, co-author of the new book Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History. Both Lynd (a Marxist from the US) and his co-author Andrej Grubacic (an anarchist from the Balkans) are public supporters of the Zapatistas, who they argue have set a powerful example of revolutionary organizing that should influence anti-capitalists around the world. Much like the historical traditions of the Haymarket Martyrs and the ‘Wobblies’ (the Industrial Workers of the World) in the United States, Lynd and Grubacic argue that the Zapatistas have synthesized the best aspects of both the Marxist and anarchist traditions.

Read the rest of this article here.


3 thoughts on “Anarchism, Marxism, and Zapatismo

  1. Joseph says:

    Went and read the full article. Incredibly interesting and very uplifting. Thanks!

  2. Forest Simmons says:

    Great Book Review!

    In the 1980’s lots of Central American indigenous villages were labeled “Comunista” and massacred for simply trying to live what we would call the United Order.

    These villagers had been living this way for hundreds of years, but they were accused of being in league with Castro. Their accusers knew full well that they were not planning any communist takeover, but they needed a pretext to split them up and get them into the capitalist economy on terms advantageous to the capitalists.

  3. Hobbes says:


    I’m starting a new socialist blog called Rosa’s Ghost. I
    was hoping you might add it to your links page. It would be a great
    help. Thanks in advance.

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