Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Colombians celebrate glories of neo-liberalism with general strike

While it's not getting much attention in North American media, hundreds of thousands of Colombians have taken to the streets in the past week to voice their outrage over government economic policies.

A series of "free trade agreements" that favor foreign investors over small-scale farmers and local indigenous communities have raised the ire of vast sectors of the population.

Contrast that to the reaction of workers in North America who stood by and watched as convoys of trucks shipped entire factories to Mexico after the NAFTA.

The workers in Colombia are miles ahead of their counterparts in the US and Canada, both in their awareness of the nature of the economic policies that disadvantage them, and in their willingness to do something about it.

We can learn much from them.

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