The Impossible Fordist Baggage of Latin American Anarcho-Syndicalism

By Guilherme Falleiros and Katiuscia M Galhera

‘The Fordist baggage of anarcho-syndicalism’, by Ben Debney (see Anarchist Studies Blog), argues that anarcho-syndicalism was unable to keep pace with mutations in the labor sphere due to an assumed Fordist paradigm. This article takes as a starting point the fact that the Latin world of work, and especially that of Latin America, has never been under a Fordist paradigm; the Latin American context has never really experienced issues associated with heavy industries. In order to test and invalidate Debney’s premise, the article steps back to show anarcho-syndicalism across the 19th and 20th centuries in the Brazilian/Latin American context.


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