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Politics of Dissent

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Edited By Martin Bak Jørgensen and Óscar García Agustín

There are alternatives to neoliberal market economies: basic income, the money of the common and degrowth. This study highlights the potential of dissent from the initial questioning of the dominant system to the creation of new political agendas. It discusses the multiple manifestations of dissent and their contributions to shaping political alternatives; it also takes a closer look at organizations and the challenge they face trying to establish forms of resistance. The struggles of current social movements in Brazil, Turkey, Nigeria, Spain and the US exemplify practices of dissent.
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The Dance of the Fireflies in Brazil

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This chapter offers an analysis of the insurgence in Brazil 2013. In the chapter it is shown how the young and the poor reaffirm the basic principles of politics, of democracy and of freedom through actions and language. It outlines the heterogeneity of the Brazilian multitude and argues that for the first time, the protests were successful in showing that the horizon of democratic deepening is implied in the achievement of the right to politics not possesses by the poor of the favelas, outskirts, and peripheries. The chapter argues that struggle is constitutive for justice, and without struggles there cannot be justice. Transforming the rage and indignation into political action is therefore necessary in order to deepen democracy.

The river of the multitude went to the third bank of Rio de Janeiro

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