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What Does It Mean to Be a Leftist in Latin America?

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It's hard to identify common policies or even a common ideology among many Latin American leftists.

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Mary Anne B (202)
Sunday May 22, 2011, 10:31 am
What do the leftists in Latin America have against global market-liberalism and free-trade policies. Seems that this would benefit them. Are they in favor of a closed economy?

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Sunday May 22, 2011, 3:37 pm
Wonder what they would do if there was no more World Trade.

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Sunday May 22, 2011, 3:42 pm
When I think Leftist in Latin America, Che will always be a huge part of it. Face it Free Trade/ World Trade only helps the U.s. and large Corporation I want to hear Fair Trade.

George Menzies (18)
Sunday May 22, 2011, 6:24 pm
Here's one document they should take a close look at and debate its meaning.

'(2) Communism (α) still political in nature democratic or despotic; (β) with the abolition of the state, yet still incomplete, and being still affected by private property, i.e., by the estrangement of man. In both forms communism already is aware of being reintegration or return of man to himself, the transcendence of human self-estrangement; but since it has not yet grasped the positive essence of private property, and just as little the human nature of need, it remains captive to it and infected by it. It has, indeed, grasped its concept, but not its essence.'

I would add 'positive essence'.

Ellen m (215)
Sunday May 22, 2011, 8:01 pm
Noted. Don't be lulled into complacency though. It's hard to tell the identity off a KKK member with his sheet off to!

Ralph F (67)
Monday May 23, 2011, 1:50 am
If you continue reading the article, you come to a couple of mentions re: a blur between the right & left. The world is gradually becoming a struggle between Oligarchy and Community. Both Left & Right ideologies can easily morph into Authoritarianism. Which do you prefer to live under, State Socialism or Corporate Capitalism? Most of us would choose, "neither", I think. Check out: for an interesting look at a 2-dimensional political "spectrum." 4 parts of a quadrant -- upper Left (degrees of Communism), upper Right (degrees of Fascism), lower left (degrees of democratic socialism) and lower right (degrees of free-market Libertarianism). IMHO, the lower quadrants can easily become allies and represent aspects of, "Community" -- decentralized, local control of societies which will, or should, be flexible depending upon the make-up of the community itself.

John Y (82)
Monday May 23, 2011, 6:32 am
Thanks for the information.

Bistra Staykova (4)
Monday May 23, 2011, 1:04 pm
I wish I could read what exactly Noam Chomsky has written.

Melbourne D (0)
Monday May 23, 2011, 1:44 pm
@Lilith Cohen "What do the leftists in Latin America have against global market-liberalism and free-trade policies. Seems that this would benefit them. Are they in favor of a closed economy?"

You mean after being exploited by Northern powers serving corporate interests for nearly a century? Groups who usurped many natural resources for their own gain and have committed atrocities and massacred villages, towns and cities for the sake of foreign interest in the north? Why, after these and the actions committed by such programmes as the SOA/WHINSEC, would people throughout this region shun the idea of globalisation? Hmm, it does beg the question.

Roger G (154)
Monday May 23, 2011, 1:46 pm

Thomas H (37)
Monday May 23, 2011, 2:20 pm
Yep. What Melbourne G said. The US's friendly dictators ousted by Democratic elections and taking back what multinational corporations and their mercenaries (ie, the US military---except the Corporatocracy has taxpayers foot their bill) have stolen from indigenous people's? Why, they sound more like what the US's forefathers tried to establish in the colonies than the Corporatist US does! Reality bites, eh, Lillith?

Mary Anne B (202)
Monday May 23, 2011, 4:01 pm
Thomas - Your slip is showing.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Tuesday May 24, 2011, 3:51 am
thanks for info

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 24, 2011, 9:36 am
It is easy to define waht is to be leftist, it is to see social reality from below, from a civil society and participative democracy perspective and not from and with the power perspective but critically against inequality and power abuses. It is real democracy politics. As Chantal Mouffe (1998) explained:
"As Norberto Bobbio recently reminded us, it is the idea of equality which provides the backbone of the left vision while the right has always defended diverse forms of inequality.The fact that a certain type of egalitarian ideology has been used to justify totalitarian forms of politics in no way forces us to relinquish the struggle for equality. What a left-wing project today requires is to envisage this struggle for equality in a way that takes account of the multiplicity of social relations in which inequality needs to be challenged. This will of course require a critique of the shortcomings of traditional social democracy".

caterina caligiuri (69)
Wednesday May 25, 2011, 3:21 am
thank you
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