Opposing and resisting the neoliberal world order is the focus of social movements and organizations around the world. A number of Latin American countries, above all Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina have had governments attempting to establish alternatives to unfettered twenty-first century capitalism. From below, they have been supported by social movements - indigenous, women, landless, and workers movements. These exist all over the world, including in those countries still firmly in the hands of the political guardians of global finance. The Occupy Wall Street movement in the U.S. was particularly inspiring, but fizzled out almost as fast as Obama's "movement" for change. Meanwhile, European countries are moving towards social collapse, albeit at different speeds, as Germany, the EU and the IMF force economic decline and, cutbacks on the populations with the most irresponsible banks and governments.
The footage for this video was taken in February 2013 in Mexico City at a large demonstration in support of street vendors (ambulantes) who represent a large segment of the poor population. Global capitalism has gone way beyond exploiting only the traditional working class. It has created an underclass of unemployed, working poor, youth, the old, and women - the so-called precariat. Political mobilization among this diverse population is difficult, but a united front against neoliberal capitalism, short of system collapse, is the only way to bring about fundamental change. The popular marching song "¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!" (A united people will never be defeated) you hear in this video was originally directed against the Chilean military dictatorship under General Pinochet. It is particularly well suited to the current conditions: it was that dictatorship which imposed the first radical neoliberal reform program on a society in the 1970s and 1980s; and it comes from Latin America, the region that more recently has inspired great hopes among global movements for social change. The video is dedicated to the memory of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan people, and supporters and sympathizers around the world.
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