Wednesday, October 03, 2007
INDIGENOUS ANARCHISM IN BOLIVIA: An Interview with Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
by Andalusia Knoll, Rustbelt Radio, Pittsburgh
The South American nation of Bolivia has filled the headlines of the global press with its fight against water privatization, struggle for nationalization of gas, non-compliance with free trade policies, and the 2005 election of the continent’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales.
These struggles are rooted in the long history of indigenous resistance to colonialism and imperialism in Bolivia. In an interview conducted during her recent stay in Pittsburgh, subaltern theorist Aymara sociologist and historian Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui discussed Bolivian anarchism, the health benefits of the coca plant and the cocaleros' (coca growers) fight for sovereignty. Read the interview.