The prospect of the left gaining an electoral victory this autumn in Argentina, one of Latin America’s largest and most influential countries, provides a significant impetus for left and progressive movements across the whole region. The strong chance of a victory for the Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner left ticket also raises the following question: will 2019 signal the start of a left wing counter-offensive in Latin America which sees the left pushing back against the US-sponsored right wing offensive that has put the ‘pink tide’ on the defensive for the past five years?
Recent events in Latin America entirely refute the claim in the Western media that the right wing was carrying all before it in the continent.
‘The Empire Strikes Back in Latin America – Understanding Trump and the Reactionary Right’ Summer Dayschool
Saturday 9 June
US-aligned right wing forces have been advancing in Latin America over the past three years. They have capitalised on the political instability created by an economic crisis which has engulfed the region following the crash in commodity prices in 2014. Their agenda is to reverse the huge social gains delivered by socialist and left wing governments throughout Latin America since the turn of the century and subordinate the region’s governments to US policy.
The article below by Ian Richardson, reviews the book A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism by Marta Harnecker, and was originally published by Counterfire.
The article below, by John Ross, on the lessons for Latin America from China’s economic success, was previously published by Socialist Economic Bulletin.