Monuments of neoliberalism

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It was interesting to read about the struggles in Kenya following the elections (Frontlines, Socialist Review, February 2008).

What interested me was the similarity between Kenya and Latin America. The imposition of neoliberalism over the last decade has left the working classes on both sides of the Atlantic in deep poverty.

The most important monuments of neoliberalism are the giant slums and favelas where working people are forced to live. I was struck by the description in the report of the slums emptying out to feed the workplaces each day, as men and women emerge from dreadful living conditions to work in modern offices, factories and transport systems - a picture of combined and uneven development.

Such conditions do not seem to blunt the will to struggle for a better life. In the great Bolivian city of El Alto the population has twice joined those from the countryside in uprisings to defeat neoliberal governments and bring Evo Morales and the Movement for Socialism (MAS) to power.

It would seem that workers in Kenya are waging the similar fight, and if they find the same level of leadership and organisation that exist in the Alto they too will defeat the neoliberals.

Roger Cox
London