The Agenda of Liberation

As Rudolph Ryser notes in his post on North Africa, Libya is a plurinational state, where indigenous nations form a large enough constituency to constitute a majority. In this sense, it is different from states where metropolitan populations form the majority. Akin in this respect to states like Bolivia, Libya is controlled by a minority tribe that represses all others. Bolivia, on the other hand, is governed by consensus, arising from authentic democratic reform, initiated by the indigenous nations themselves–not imposed by international financial institutions. As modern states, on all continents, continue to break down under IMF and World Bank reforms, the resurgence of indigenous nations under the UN human rights regime will likely determine the agenda of both globalization and liberation.

~ by Jay Taber on March 29, 2011.

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