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Monthly Review Press

Dialectical Urbanism
DIALECTICAL URBANISM: Social Struggles in the Capitalist City by Andy Merrifield

Hell's Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggle and Progressive Reform in New York City, 1894-1914
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The Endless Crisis
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by John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney


The Political Economy of Growth
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Capitalist Globalization: Consequences, Resistance, and Alternatives
CAPITALIST GLOBALIZATION: Consequences, Resistance, and Alternatives by Martin Hart-Landsberg

Faces of Latin America
FACES OF LATIN AMERICA, 4TH EDITION (REVISED) by Duncan Green and Sue Branford

Open Veins of Latin America
OPEN VEINS OF LATIN AMERICA:
Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
by Eduardo Galeano


Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti
PARAMILITARISM AND THE ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY IN HAITI by Jeb Sprague

Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya
GLOBAL NATO AND THE CATASTROPHIC FAILURE IN LIBYA by Horace Campbell

The Economic War Against Cuba: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade
THE ECONOMIC WAR AGAINST CUBA: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade by Salim Lamrani

Understanding the Venezuelan Revolution
UNDERSTAND-
ING THE VENEZUELAN REVOLUTION: Hugo Chavez Talks to Marta Harnecker by Hugo Chavez and Marta Harnecker


Brazil: The Giant Awoke and . . .
by Adriano Kitani

More and more people pouring into the streets: "Free pass!"; "A R$3.20 fare is a robbery!"; "No to 3.20!"

But there is a danger.  Don't fall in love with yourselves.  This movement is totally beautiful.  But what matters is: What will change when everything gets back to normal?

This cannot turn into another memory of our youth: "Remember when we were young?  We fought for a cause.  It was so beautiful"; "But nothing changed . . ."

It's not just rubber bullets and tear gas canisters that threaten us, but the possibility that they will dilute this protest, like beer without alcohol or decaffeinated coffee.  Don't let this turn into a harmless, moral protest. . .

Don't let this movement turn into another cool photo on Facebook.

This comic strip is based on Slavoj Žižek's speech at Occupy Wall Street.1

Free Pass Movement Activists: "Revoke the hike!  This new fare is a robbery!"

Newcomers to the Protest: "Bingo!"

More newcomers: "And down with corruption!"; "Brazil has awoken!"; "We want health and education!"

More and more newcomers: "Impeach Dilma!"; "Fewer taxes!"; "Playstation 4 for 1,000 reais!!"; "Let's save the middle class!!"; "We want military men in power!!"; "Joaquim Barbosa for President!"; "Let's sing the national anthem!"

The 1%: "Boy, this is working better than a Shock of Order operation . . . "2

The giant awoke.

But he went out of control: "No political parties!  Only the flag of Brazil!"

Now, only one thing can prevent him from turning into a fascist monster --

that is, getting him to learn from history.

 

1  When I read Žižek's speech I found various interesting points, which also apply to what is happening now in Brazil.  I adapted some points to this context.  Those who wish to take a look at the whole speech can access it at <takethesquare.net/2011/10/11/zizek-at-wall-street-%E2%80%9Cdon%E2%80%99t-fall-in-love-with-yourself%E2%80%9D-occupywallstreet-ows/>. -- Adriano Kitani

2  Guys, beware of a mashing up of the movement.  This is more dangerous than a Shock of Order.  Increasingly I have seen superficial or reactionary demands that are diluting the movement. -- Adriano Kitani


Adriano Kitani is a Brazilian artist.  These comic strips were published at www.pirikart.com.br on 17, 19, and 22 June 2013 under a Creative Commons license.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.
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