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In Defiance of BoundariesAnarchism in Latin American History$
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Geoffroy de Laforcade and Kirwin Shaffer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061108

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061108.001.0001

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From Anarchists to “Anarcho-Batllistas”

From Anarchists to “Anarcho-Batllistas”

Populism and Labor Legislation in Uruguay

(p.117) 5 From Anarchists to “Anarcho-Batllistas”
In Defiance of Boundaries

Lars Peterson

University Press of Florida

While most histories of anarchism emphasize the movement's aversion to electoral politics and representative liberal democracy, this chapter tells the story of a small but influential group of Uruguayan militants who became sympathizers of President José Battle, a populist politician with a reformist agenda that addressed many of the demands of the organized labor movement. It analyzes instances where legislative proposals clashed and coincided with unions' interests and traces the tactical compromises that caused some leaders to embrace an eschatological approach to the coming social revolution and seek accommodation with political forces without becoming subservient to them.

Keywords:   Uruguay, Populism, Anarchism, Nationalism, Eschatology

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