'We are all Zapatistas.' Subcomandante Marcos This book began in 1994, when Zapatista Subcomandante Marcos replied to a 10-year-old girl from Mexico City who had sent him a drawing. The ensuing collection of related tales about the warrior-beetle, narrated by his pipe-smoking, black-ski-masked human squire is an extraordinary account for the general reader of current global political struggle. Marcos created a humorous fictitious character, Don Durito, a beetle with Quixotic fantasies which regards Marcos as his Sancho Panza. In this book, Marcos creates a new political genre, so-called "postdata": ironical commentaries which he affixes to his formal communiques or declarations. In one of them he even offers to perform a striptease for government negotiators. 'We are the product of 500 years of struggle!They [Mexican government] don't care that we have nothing, absolutely nothing, not even a roof over our heads; no land, no work, no health care, no food, no education! nor is there peace nor justice for ourselves and our children. But today, we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!' First EZLN declaration of war, December 31st 1993 The Zapatistas are not Marxist, Rightists, or Anarchists. They seek not to replace one infrastructure of power with another, thus rejecting the normal goal of an armed struggle. They are armed but do not use violence as a tool to expand their aims. Although a localized rebellion, the Zapatistas are unified in a worldwide struggle that transcends the mainstream media's limited perspective through eloquent dictations distributed globally via the Internet. With a fresh perspective and tactics that have never been seen in relation to an armed insurrection, the EZLN (Zapatista National Liberation Army) has changed the definition of what revolution means. From the marginalized confines of the poorest region in Mexico, a new concept of revolutionary change with a new solution to societies woes is currently being proposed.
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"'We are all Zapatistas' Subcomandante Marcos"
Subcomandante Marcos is a spokesperson and strategist for the Zapatistas, an indigenous insurgency movement based in Mexico. He first joined the indigenous guerrilla group which was to become the Zapatistas in the early 1980s. Marcos is author of several books translated into English, including Shadows of Tender Fury, Our Word is Our Weapon, and the children's book The Story of Colors: A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Ciapas, which won a Firecracker Alternative Book Award.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Story of Durito and Neoliberalism; Durito II: Neoliberalism seen from La Lacandona; The Cave of Desire; Durito Names Marcos His Squire; Durito III: The Story of Neoliberalism and the Labor Movement; On Bullfighting, Detente and Rock; Durito IV: Neoliberalism and the Party-State System; Durito V: Durito in Mexico City; Durito's Return; Durito, Chibo the Killer Tarantula, and the Plebiscite; The Story of the Little Mouse and the Little Cat; Of Trees, Transgressors, and Odontology; The Story of the Hot Foot and the Cold Foot; On Love; The Story of Dreams; The Story of the Bay Horse; Durito to Conquer Europe; To Lady Civil Society; The Riddle; Durito on Cartoonists; Durito IX: Neoliberalism, History as a Tale... Badly Told