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Post 04 Aug 2007, 12:46
What is your opinion of Algeria's experiment with socialism? Under Ahmed Ben Bella, President from 1963 to 1965, the civilian government pursued a form of socialism that was somewhat agrarian in focus. He promoted a theory of autogestion, in which the workers themselves would run the economy. He did not, to my knowledge, want a highly centralised state to direct all economic development in a top-down way. However, according to my information, this is what happened after a coup by military officer Houari Boumédiènne. Boumédiènne switched the emphasis from agrarian to industrial and scrapped the idea of autogestion. Economic development was firmly in the hands of the central government. Also, whilst the National Liberation Front remained the only legal party, it became marginalised under his rule. As a military man, Boumédiènne preferred to rule through the military. He died in 1978. Today, Algeria is no longer socialist.

I must admit that I know very little other than this, and I would very much like to hear from anyone who has a more extensive knowledge of socialism in Algeria. If there is already a topic on this, please bring it to my attention.
Post 04 Aug 2007, 23:08
I am currently reading up on this..

I saw a movie based on this from the 60's and it was interesting.. I am just not sure how true it all was..


(as far as I know this is the only topic of this sort)
Post 03 Feb 2008, 23:37
I myself know close to anything on this topic. If anyone has any links or books please post! From the little I know wasn't there significant help Cuba or am i completely wrong?
Post 13 Feb 2008, 17:10
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I myself know close to anything on this topic. If anyone has any links or books please post! From the little I know wasn't there significant help Cuba or am i completely wrong?


I believe Che visited Algeria, and there is a photo of Fidel with Boumedienne in the context of the Non-Aligned Movement, if that answers your question.
Post 14 Feb 2008, 03:50
Algeria was a major customer of Soviet weapons. That's all I know, sorry.
Post 19 Feb 2008, 20:58
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I believe Che visited Algeria, and there is a photo of Fidel with Boumedienne in the context of the Non-Aligned Movement, if that answers your question.


He did. It may also have been during the struggle of the FLN (Im sure it was, it was at least a 10 year fight off the top of my head).

I believe they did attempt a form of socialism duirng the time period you mentioned... and I also read somewhere they called it "Islamic Socialism" or something.
Post 10 Mar 2018, 05:30
Ben Bella was a Marxist and more ideological than Boumediene. Boumediene continued leftist policy however as the state development of economy and the support for liberation movements in Africa
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