Why we loved the Zaps
This is terrific:
We loved the Zapatistas, because they were brave enough to make history after the end of History. We loved the Zapatistas, because we were afraid of political power and political decisions. We loved the Zapatistas, because we thought we could do without a century and a half of baggage. But we could have done far more for the Zapatistas if we mounted a better challenge to the system that shackles us all—neoliberalism. I mean capitalism.
On the subject of Libertarian Socialist traditions (e.g. EZLN) versus “Marxism proper,” have you read G.M. Tamas’ Telling the Truth About Class? Your post reminded me of Tamas’ distinction between what he calls “Rousseauian Socialism” and Marxism.