The Zapatista Effect: The Internet and the rise of an alternative political fabric

Harry Cleaver

In this important essay written in 1998, Harry Cleaver looks at the role of technology and the internet in spreading class struggle. Professor Cleaver argues that “the Zapatista effect suggests that the fabric of politics –the public sphere where differences interact and are negotiated– is being rewoven. This is particularly important because these new forms of cooperation go to the heart of the existing political, social and economic order.”

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