Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment
Verso, 2007 - 442 pages
Once themost lucrative European colony in the Caribbean, Haiti has long beenone of the most divided and impoverished countries in the world. In thelate 1980s a remarkable popular mobilization known as Lavalas, or “theflood,” sought to liberate the island from decades of US-backeddictatorial rule. After winning a landslide election victory, in 1991the Lavalas government led by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide wasoverthrown by a bloody military coup. Damming the Floodanalyzes how and why Aristide's enemies in Haiti, the US and Francemade sure that his second government, elected with another overwhelmingmajority in 2000, was toppled by a further coup in 2004.
The elaborate international campaign to contain, discredit and thenoverthrow Lavalas at the start of the twenty-first century was perhapsthe most successful act of imperial sabotage since the end of the ColdWar. Its execution and its impact have much to teach anyone interestedin the development of today's political struggles in Latin America andthe rest of the post-colonial world.
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the qualitative majority ( i . e . the intellectual and political elite ) and the
quantitative majority – the ignorant rabble , the populace that acts blindly , not
understanding what it is choosing . ” 20 The rabble ' s inability to retain this
lesson has ...
Aristide had an exceptionally keen understanding of this principle , in line with
the liberationist assumption that unity is never given in advance but remains a
task to be achieved - unity , as Gutiérrez explains , is a " task and a victory that we
... at the situation , “ I now understand why you believe in God , as otherwise I can
' t understand how you can still be alive , in the midst of all this . ” PH : I suppose
even your enemies knew there was nothing to gain by turning you into a martyr .
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