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    Lenin Lives! (in Latin America)

    Lenin Lives! (in Latin America)
    Lenín Moreno, expected to win Ecuador’s presidential election runoff, practically vibrates Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”
    By Greg Grandin

    On April 2, Ecuador will hold its runoff presidential ballot, the first major Latin America election since Donald Trump’s unexpected November victory. Polls could be wrong, but so far all of them indicate that Ecuador’s next president will be wheelchair-bound Lenín Moreno, who is promising to continue the progressive agenda of the country’s outgoing leader, Rafael Correa. It’s good news, indicating that the Trump effect might rebound in favor of the Latin American left, halting an emboldened neoliberal right, which now rules in Brazil and Argentina.

    There was a moment less than a decade ago, at the crest of the region’s “pink tide,” when Latin America was governed by representatives of each of its historic left-wing traditions: a trade unionist in Brazil, a liberation theologian in Paraguay, a Peronist in Argentina, a Keynesian economist in Ecuador, a feminist medical doctor in Chile, a (former) urban guerrilla Marxist in Uruguay, an indigenous-rights peasant activist in Bolivia (whose mentor was a Trotskyist miner), a nationalist in Honduras, and a military left populist in Venezuela. Nearly the full left spectrum, especially if we were to be generous and include Cuban Stalinists.

    When Barack Obama won the US presidency in 2008, Latin America’s leaders tried to welcome him into the pantheon, imagining his victory as fulfilling the legacy of the US civil-rights movement and completing the picture of the Americas ruled by a heterodox left. The Obama administration, however, demurred, letting Hillary Clinton at State maneuver to isolate Venezuela (including pushing for the privatization of Mexico’s petroleum industry, aimed at weakening Hugo Chávez’s successful, until his death in 2013 at least, repoliticization of oil) and legitimizing coups in Paraguay, Honduras, and, most recently, Brazil.
    Mark Weisbrot, in The Nation, recently summed up the many successes of the outgoing Correa administration. Quito weathered the sharp downturn in the price of oil a bit battered but still better than did Caracas, with many of the social gains achieved during the boom intact. If Lenín Moreno wins in April, he will help break the right’s momentum. The region’s next big elections take place in Chile, in November of this year, and Mexico, in July 2018, and anti-Trump leftist outsiders are in the running, so far.


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  • Marym625 (26330 posts)
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    1. Excellent!

    We should watch this closely. This will have an impact in the Americas. Let’s hope the U.S. doesn’t screw it up

    "Once the decision was made to go into Iraq as an invader and occupier,  it’s like our nation lost its conscience. And it has not yet gotten that conscience back." Madfloridian  
  • Peace Patriot (2622 posts)
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    2. Wonderful news! Thank you, Judi!

    We can be sure that the CIA, USAID and other rotten-to-the-core U.S. entities, as well as the local fascists, are doing whatever they can to prevent a leftist victory.  I hope they fail!

    It was certainly a joy to follow all the leftist victories in Latin America in the early 2000’s.  As victims of the Bush junta, we, the people, in this country could at least rejoice that democracy was alive and well somewhere in the world.  It certainly wasn’t alive and well here until the Bernie Sanders campaign.  Now that the election fraud has been exposed to millions of people, we have a chance to fix it.  I don’t know if we will, but Bernie gave us a fighting chance to see it, to identify it and to take responsibility for it as citizens.

    Many Latin American peoples have done this – sometimes with the help of the Carter Center and other reputable election groups – and always with a huge “will of the people” force to establish honest elections.  It is so admirable!  We have a lot to learn from Latin America!

  • Mom Cat (14570 posts)
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    3. Thanks for the good news! I hope the trend continues.