Recommended Key Voices in Confronting the Current Capitalist Crisis

November 2018

In Latin America, it is more than obvious that we are going through a stage of ultra-capitalism or predatory capitalism. Limits are being pushed today that used to be unthinkable, like exploiting the last confines of nature, or an accelerated delegitimization of the set of human rights that we had once thought to have been fully achieved.  Several members of the Permanent Working Group Beyond Development, who we interviewed in May 2018, have fascinating ideas to share on these issues.

In these conversations, they provide interpretations on key issues involved in the global capitalist crisis: the exacerbation of environmental destruction, increasingly intolerant discourses relating to sexual and ethnic diversity, the conservative attack on women’s rights, and xenophobia.

In Latin America, the wide range of social struggles that have arisen in response to the capitalist crisis threaten not only freedoms, but the very survival of humanity, especially populations that have been affected by extractivism. How can we rethink the strategies and possibilities of social resistance in this context?

To launch the English version of our website, we are providing a special preview into this series of interviews.

Argentine feminist anthropologist Rita Segato analyzes the functionality between patriarchy and capitalism, explaining how capital intensifies patriarchal practices in today’s world.

Horacio Machado, assistant researcher for the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, analyzes the foundations and origins of modern capitalism, which entails naturalization and reconfiguration of patriarchal, classist, and racist domination.

From the point of view of social organizations, Alejandro Mantilla, an educator and researcher for the National Trade Union Institute, provides an interpretation of the current situation relating to extractivism in Colombia and alternatives to overcome it.