Dossiers

The Re-encounter of Indianismo and Marxism in the Work of Álvaro García Linera

The Re-encounter of Indianismo and Marxism in the Work of Álvaro García Linera

By Irina Alexandra Feldman. In his impor­tant arti­cle about the his­tory of Marx­ism and Indi­an­ismo in Bolivia, Álvaro Gar­cía Lin­era tells the story of the “missed encounter of the two rev­o­lu­tion­ary rea­sons.” He presents the post-colonial Boli­vian con­text as a space of com­plex engage­ments for the Marx­ist tra­di­tion.

Introduction: A Bolivian Marxist Seduced

Introduction: A Bolivian Marxist Seduced

By Robert Cavooris. Álvaro García Linera, vice-president to Bolivia’s Evo Morales, was perhaps the first Marxist intellectual to sit in state power in the 21st century. His work reflects a continued engagement with a unique political experiment in Bolivia, and can be read, therefore, as a guide to a terrain on which some are trying to plow an eventual road to socialism. It is the wager of this dossier, therefore, that much can be learned by more closely examining both Linera’s theory and his political practice – not only to understand the man himself, but also, to understand the innovative political process from which he cannot be separated, and which may portend something of the future for the electoral Left in other parts of the world.

Burdens of a State Manager

Burdens of a State Manager

By Jeffery R. Webber. The prolific writings of Vice-President Álvaro García Linera offer one window into the complexities of the political, ideological, and economic developments that have transpired since Morales first assumed office. With that in mind, the following detailed exposition and critical interrogation of the core arguments advanced in his 2011 book, Tensiones creativas de la revolución , is meant to shed some light on what is at stake in the competing characterizations of the “process of change” unfolding in Bolivia since 2006.

The Phantom, The Plebeian and the State: Grupo Comuna and the Intellectual Career of Álvaro García Linera

The Phantom, The Plebeian and the State: Grupo Comuna and the Intellectual Career of Álvaro García Linera

By Peter Baker. In 1999, a collection of essays appeared concerning the relevance of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto to the contemporary conjuncture in Bolivia. It may have gone by unnoticed, were it not for the fact that its authors were about to become the principal interpreters of the new movements that irrupted in the wake of the Bolivian state crisis of 2000-2005.