By Álvaro García Linera

Álvaro García Linera, vice-president of Bolivia

In addition to his position as Evo Morales’s vice-president, Álvaro García Linera is one in all Bolivia’s most well known intellectuals. With a theoretical trajectory starting in efforts to mix Marxism and Indianism, then built in response to the neoliberal flip of the Nineteen Eighties and involved with the mass social events of contemporary years, García Linera's Plebeian strength should be learn as either an evolving research of Bolivian truth via classes of serious social swap, and as an highbrow biography of the writer himself. knowledgeable by way of such thinkers as Marx, Bourdieu and René Zavaleta, García Linera displays at the nature of the country, classification and indigenous id and their relevance to social struggles in Bolivia.

English translation of l. a. potencia plebeya: Acción colectiva e identidades indígenas, obreras y populares en Bolivia released by means of Siglo del Hombre Editores and CLASCO in 2007.

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In the three examples quoted in the previous note, what is indicated is the productive absorption of the social knowledge of which the workers are the bearers: in the case of ‘Toyotism’, through the assimilation of the workers’ initiative into corporate The Communist Manifesto and Our Present • 39 rounds up the meaning of the technological transformations and organisational variations of social labour. Slowly, the ‘general social intellect’ posits itself as the most important productive force of social labour, and this not simply because it is one of the branches in the division of labour, but also in the organisational fact of production and the social form of existence of the worker’s capacity for labour within the labour-process.

H) Technological innovation capable of objectifying these social transformations in the mechanical movement of the means of production. Robotic and cybernetic automation of many traditional labour-activities. i) A refunctionalisation of non-capitalist technologies, labour-structures, communitarian formations, knowledges and experiences, in function of capitalist accumulation. The rigid subordination of the workforces of agrarian 44 • The Communist Manifesto and Our Present communities, urban domestic units, urban communities, relations of kinship, prestige, and religious and local loyalties, in function of the valorisation of strictly capitalist (industrial, commercial and financial) branches.

Whether we are talking about the development of microprocessors, subatomic-particle accelerators, artificial intelligence, or semiconductors, the material conditions for invention and production in these branches of applied knowledge, which is where the development of the modern productive forces is concentrated, can now only be undertaken through the collective activity of research-centres in various corporations at the same time, or else through the association of state-subsidies with various nations’ armies of scientists.

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