In the fight between authoritarianism and democracy in Sri Lanka, the former has won more often. But that the country is not a full-blown dictatorship testifies to a spirit of resistance that can’t be snuffed out.
When Evo Morales took power in 2006, the government sought to undo decades of theft by transnational mining firms. But a deal to seek independent arrangements for the mining and sale of lithium may have been a step too far for imperialism.
Climate change policy is vital but the US Green New Deal doesn’t respond to global capitalism, the cause of much ecological disaster. Rather, it proposes to continue to extract value from the Global South.