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Latin America & Twenty-First Century Socialism: Inventing to Avoid Mistakes

Marta Harnecker

Abstract


Twenty years ago, left forces in Latin America and in the world in general were going through a difficult period. The Berlin Wall had fallen; the Soviet Union hurtled into an abyss and disappeared completely by the end of 1991. Deprived of the rearguard it needed, the Sandinista Revolution was defeated at the polls in February 1990, and Central American guerrilla movements were forced to demobilize. The only country that kept the banners of revolution flying was Cuba, although all the omens said that its days were numbered. Given that situation, it was difficult to imagine that twenty years later, left-wing leaders would govern most of the Latin American countries.

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Socialism; Marxism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14452/MR-062-03-2010-07_2

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