[Marxism] If You Want Peace, You Get War; If You Want War, You Get Rich: The Fiftieth Newsletter (2019).

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 12 07:40:20 MST 2019

A quarter century ago, Victoria Sandino Palmera joined the Revolutionary 
Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP). She had previously 
been a militant in the Communist Party and – when FARC-EP was above 
ground in the 1990s – joined the Patriotic Pole. But the repression of 
what she calls the ‘traditional oligarchy’ sent her back to the jungle 
over and over again. Victoria Sandino made it clear that she was not 
keen on this war. ‘We didn’t take up weapons because we felt the need to 
use violence’, she told me in 2015. ‘We took up weapons because we tried 
to resolve the land question through democratic means, which was 
violently responded to by the state. Violence was imposed on us’.


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