Popular Consultations: Space for
the Convergence of Different Forces
The Case of Uruguay's Frente Amplio.
By Marta Harnecker
Translated by Federico Fuentes
for Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal
[This is the eleventh in a series of regular articles.]
1. I have previously argued the case for the need to create a large social bloc against neoliberalism that can unite all those affected by the system. To achieve this, it is fundamental that we create spaces that allow for the convergence of specific anti-neoliberal struggles where, safeguarding the specific characteristics of each political or social actor, common tasks can be taken up that aid in strengthening the struggle.
2. In this respect, I think that popular consultations or plebiscites are very interesting spaces. These can allow us to mobilize behind a single concrete task of convincing -- undertaking door-to-door popular education -- a large number of people and youth who are beginning to awaken to politics, who want to contribute to a better world, who very often don’t know how to do it, and who are not willing to be active in the traditional way, because many of them reject politics and politicians.(more...)