The Emergence of the Zapatistas, in a Neoliberal Capitalist World

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US immigration is a historical reoccurring phenomenon that is situated upon the exploitation of workers to bring economic prosperity to the country. Immigration is the backbone aspect to the success of the US as large influxes of immigrants are imported to work in physical demanding job sectors. There are comparable feelings of alienation of Mexicans and many views that express the feelings that illegal immigrants should return to their homelands. By examining the laws, policies, and structural forces that bring migrants to the United States, we can see the extent to which immigration is closely related to our position in the global economy and how a group of leftist armed activists dare to disrupt the globalization tactics of capitalism, neo-liberalism, and a hegemonic government. On a closer examination, you find that many of the economic challenges Mexico faces are directly linked to policies that have been supported by the United States, U.S multinational corporations, or institutions supported by the United States. This group of campesinos in the southern state of Chiapas in Mexico, reject, refuse, and remodeled a new autonomous world that seeks to “work within worlds”, free from the political, economic, and social constructions of the Mexican government. It opposes the liberal economic policies Mexican presidents have pursued since 1982. While its revolutionary project is rooted in the injustices suffered by the indigenous population of eastern Chiapas, the Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional questions globalization and calls for the reorientation of Mexican economic policy along traditional socialist lines and the transfer of political power from elites to the mass of poor Mexicans.
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...ppens when a government fails to produce public services like minimal public health care, and educational/economical opportunities? You have the emergence of the Zapatistas and a dialectical relationship with an oppressive central government, in which systems of poverty, marginalization of people, lack of access to proper education, health services, and other basic services create inequality. The Zapatistas have taken it upon themselves to build their own autonomous schools, and health centers to serve the community. Zapatismo suggests we must not simply rely on the legal forms of government for change. People must take responsibility for their local communities and organize to build projects of solidarity working together for a greater good. Change at a national scale will rely on the collective action of local communities, building a new world from the bottom up.

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