The storming of the Capitol shocked hundreds of millions across the U.S. and around the world. The chaos that took place inside one of the pillars of American power is in many ways an embodiment of the multi-faceted crises that have engulfed the country. For hours the Capitol was under occupation by a mob, led by far right and fascist elements, determined to overturn the results of November’s election.
The new wave of revolts and mass movements of 2019 continued in 2020 — despite the severe restrictions due to the pandemic and economic depression. From Thailand to Bolivia and Nigeria to Belarus, mass movements and protests have taken to the streets, challenging the ruling elites. What are lessons from these movements and what are the effects on consciousness?
For years Chile was seen as a regional success story of the neoliberal economic model. As the country with the highest Human Development Index (HDI) in Latin America, it has always been considered by advocates of neoliberalism as an example to follow. However, behind the positive economic indicators there was hidden a hard truth: Chile was also one of the countries with the largest inequality gap in the region.
The protest against the Hindu nationalist regime of Nahendra Modi of the BJP is growing to phenomenal proportions. A well-organised farmers’ protest keeps the capital Delhi in its grip. At the same time, on 26 November, there was a colossal general strike with 250 million participants.