some thoughts on the Zapatistas

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Jun 13 10:08:00 MDT 1996

I was under the distinct impression that the EZLN had focused on the
problems of Chiapas and had never projected itself as the leadership of
the entire Mexican working-class and peasantry. Also, could you actually
cite an example of their "dismissing" bread and butter issues of the urban
working-class, or is it a matter of them simply not addressing them?

On Thu, 13 Jun 1996, Louis R Godena wrote:

> the one solid plank of the Zapatistas.    The rest of their program, which
> resonates nicely with leftists in foreign countries,  contains little of
> relevant interest to Mexican workers.   In April, the government approved a
> 12 per cent rise in the minimum wage (to less than $3 a day), while
> simultaneously raising the price of staples like milk and corn tortillas up
> to 30 per cent.    The tendency among the Zapatista leadership is to dismiss
> these bread and butter issues as "urban" problems not directly linked to the
> struggle in the countryside.    If someday we are to perform a post-mortem
> on the Zapatistas, it may well be that its inability to mobilize and unite
> with the Mexican working class will be listed as the primary cause of death.

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