South America Is at a Turning Point, but the ‘Pink Tide’ Isn’t Coming Back

Claudia Lopez celebrates her victory in Bogota's mayoral election, Oct. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Ivan Valencia).
Claudia Lopez celebrates her victory in Bogota's mayoral election, Oct. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Ivan Valencia).

Recent elections in Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay have added to the sense that South America is at a turning point, as mass protests have erupted in Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia. Something is indeed happening in the region, but those who claim that this is the return of the “pink tide”—the period in the early 2000s when leftist governments were sweeping to power—are missing the point. What is unfolding is not a counter-reformation, with the left reemerging after it was toppled and replaced by the right. It is something more subtle and potentially more lasting. South America is entering a post-ideological […]

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