Is Latin America’s Left Really Dead?

Argentina's president, Mauricio Macri; Uruguay's president, Tabare Vazquez; and Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, at the Mercosur Summit, Luque, Paraguay, Dec. 21, 2015 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
Argentina's president, Mauricio Macri; Uruguay's president, Tabare Vazquez; and Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, at the Mercosur Summit, Luque, Paraguay, Dec. 21, 2015 (AP photo by Jorge Saenz).
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For several regional observers and much of the media, the string of conservative electoral victories from Argentina to Venezuela late last year was the last nail in the coffin of Latin America’s left. With Brazil’s leftist government floundering and other signs of discontent among its neighbors, leftism’s appeal appears to be on the decline in the region. But despite setbacks, it’s too soon to declare the left dead in Latin America, given the perseverance of more mainstream leftist governments and ongoing socio-political and economic realities in a region still defined by huge inequality. Admittedly, 2015 did not end well for […]

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