While the achievements of Evo Morales' government in Bolivia are significant, so are the processes by which change has been enacted, and the trajectory of government attitudes and behavior with respect to the social movements and labor unions that made his government possible.
Whether or not the Keystone XL pipeline will transport tar sands oil from Canada through the United States has been framed as one of the critical decisions affecting our climate and our future as a planet. But a proposed expansion of the Enbridge Line 61 pipeline being debated in Dane County, Wisconsin may be even more critical. The tripling in capacity of Line 61 will make it a third larger than the projected Keystone XL.
Given how government spying on activists was something that we used to be very concerned about, imagine how startled I was to read in the Guardian that the FBI probably has my email correspondence with WikiLeaks. Thanks to Edward Snowden we know that the NSA has been trying to vacuum up everything. But it's a different thing to read that the FBI has your stuff specifically.