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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLC99H3
Professor
R Rice
Lecture
6

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POLC99 LECTURE 6
02/09/2015
DOCUMENTARY AND DISCUSSION
FILM – ‘THE TAKE’
Globalized Ghost town: Argentina
Abandoned factories
oMany lost their jobs
oSomeone who used to make $1500 a month is making $0. Must pay debt as
well, unable to feed family
Rich country made poor
President Carlos Menem
oTransformed Argentina
oDownsizing corporates, selling every possible assets
oHalf of the country slipped below the poverty line
oCreated a capitalist wild west
Government panicked and froze all bank accounts
Millions marched on the streets chanting “All must go”
Went through 5 presidents in only 3 weeks
oArgentina claimed bankruptcy
Workers at a factory in Forja San Martin
oGuarded the factory from being emptied out until they get kicked out. Waiting
for the judge’s verdict
Zanon, a tile factory, once deemed useless. Workers took over, they received the
same salaries
oEach worker keeps a slingshot in case the police show up
o“Zanon is of the people”
oDonate tiles to the community
# of take overs have doubled
Health clinics, school, shipbuilding, ice cream factory, suit factory
ounder worker control
Carlos Menem
oThird time running
oWas under house arrest for corruption
oThe only saviour people can turn to
Nestor Kirchner – Menem’s biggest competition
Judge ruled
oNo verdict until workers show good faith (by ending the occupation)
Election Day
oWith 5 candidate, there must be a second round
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