Re: Latin America's Left-wing trend

From Martin Hart-Landsberg <>
Date Mon, 19 Dec 2005 10:33:29 -0800
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Hi Jonathan,

I just checked the CAS web site and the September issue is in fact posted.  The
December issue is out to subscribers but not yet up.  However, you can read
Paul and my response to the September roundtable discussion, which is in the
December issue, at:


Quoting Jonathan Lassen <>:

> Hi,
> Speaking of CAS, does anyone on this list know why the September issuestill
> hasn't been posted online?
> Jonathan
> > My response at the roundtable discussion published on CAS was meant to be>
> provocative and a bit cynical, but probably not interpreted as such by
> some.>> Mobo>> -----Original Message-----> From:
> []> On
> Behalf Of Brian Turner> Sent: Sunday, 18 December 2005 11:50 PM> To:
>> Subject: Latin America's Left-wing trend>> Many
> countries in Latin America are trending left or> center-left.  Argentina,
> Chile, Brazil, Ecuador have> center-left governments.  Mexico seems next up
> (the> left-populist mayor of Mexico City is leading polls> for next year's
> elections).  Venezuela has and Bolivia> soon will have (if Evo Morales is not
> upset in> Sunday's election) outright socialist governments.> Cuba is still
> Cuba, shameful in some respects, but a> shining example in its farmer-run
> organic agricultural> collectives.>> Venezuela is implementing what I'd call
> authentic> socialist (in a 19th century sense) policies:  land> reform,
> democratic collective farms, worker-managed> factories, empowered local
> citizen councils,> nationalization of key resources, Maoist style welfare>
> programs, etc.  Bolivia seems ready to follow the same> model.  The
> Sandinistas keep drifting right, and keep> losing, one figures they'll cease
> going down the "me> too" WC road soon enough for the next elections.>> My
> question for the group is, will this have any> effect on China? With
> Venezuela being so attention> grabbing internationally, will it become harder
> for> China to refer to itself as a "socialist" country?> Will the example of
> this model seep into discussions> about labor and agricultural policies?
> Chavez is> calling the Washington Consenus the road to hell.> Given China's
> sweatshop of the world reputation, is> this going to be the least bit
> embarassing?  I'm> guessing they could care less, right? (China seems> rather
> isolated from the discussions stimulated by the> world social movements).>>
> Can China still justify its rightist policies on the> grounds that it is the
> world trend, and TINA if the> Latin American examples are successful and
> spillover> to other regions?>> -Brian>>>>
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