Yasuni Itt

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This article is a copy of the one published in New Society Magazine No.237, January-February 2012, ISSN 0251-3552, www.nuso.org A major transition for a great transformation
Reflections from the Yasuní-ITT Initiative
René Ramírez Gallegos1
When discussing the development of a political project from the Left there are two opposing positions or aspects: those which promote the idea of better managing and regulating capitalism – that is, striving for “good capitalism” – and those who hold anticapitalist positions. The author of this article argues that a Left that does not give up on the generation of alternatives to capitalism but at the same time is responsible for governing, should think about a “great transition” without losing sight
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This publication does not seek to discuss Ecuador ́s political proposal towards building said socialism exhaustively or in depth. This analysis has been developed at length in other writings4 and is also embodied in the National Plan for Good Living, 2009-20135. In this occasion, it is more pertinent to posit a philosophical-political analysis of one of the flagship initiatives that Ecuador has presented to the world and that is a symbolic example of the dispute of the logic of “capitalist development”: the Yasuní-ITT6 Initiative. This project consists of keeping the oil underground (not drilling for it) in one of the most mega-diverse areas of the world, located in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In that sense it is a concrete example of the ways a society of good living can be built. The framework for this analysis is a discussion taking place globally among a certain branch of Leftist thought that believes that what is most progressive and achievable nowadays is to devise and construct improvements in the administration of capitalism – in other words, to promote its “good”7 side – and another stance, which presents anti-capitalism from a purely theoretical perspective, regardless of the political viability of their proposals.
Before delving into the debate on the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, in the first part of this article I would like to place the proposal to keep the oil underground in context, so
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