Podemos in Spain: Limits and Possibilities for Change

  • Santiago Alba Rico


Capitalism has connected technology, merchandise and desires in such a way that it has become undefeatable and even unreformable. Will there be any possibility to dismantle it rationally and democratically? This would imply a triple action aimed at normal people’s common sense, at local institutional work and at the global context, which is where the other instances are ultimately decided. However, in this triple field it could be said that capitalism is not dismantling but re-assembling itself through xenophobic atavisms and exclusionary policies. In Europe, Spain was a hopeful exception until recently. The 15M was transferred in 2014 to the political proposal of the Podemos party, which in a few months managed to end the two-party regime of 1978, becoming the third force in the country.


15M Capitalism Civilization Common sense Gramsci Left Podemos Post-revolutionary Social democracy Subjectivity Transversality Two-party system 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Santiago Alba Rico
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  1. 1.Independent WriterMadridSpain

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