Writing in CounterCurrents this week, Gustavo Esteva reports that the Oxaca Commune in Southern Mexico has continued to evolve and grow despite brutal repression by the Mexican government in 2006.
A gentle revolution by the largely indigenous population of 4 million people set out to displace the economy from the center of social life, reclaiming a communal way of being, encouraging radical pluralism, and advancing towards real democracy.
Construction and agriculture are both communal activities carried out on common land. Justice focuses on consolation and compensation of the victim and engages the perpetrator in the solution under the supervision of the community.
Esteva reports that the Zapitastas have taken advantage of the collapse of the Mexican State to continue their unique approach to democracy.