Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - November 11, 2017
Left Parties

Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Date Written:  2017-11-11
Publisher:  Connexions
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX21644

In recent years, there have been repeated attempts to build left political parties and coalitions, i.e. parties to the left of the established social democratic parties which have long become part of the neoliberal capitalist mainstream. Left parties have emerged out of mass movements in countries like Spain (Podemos), Germany (Die Linke), and Greece (Syriza). In Latin America, in the last two decades, left movements or parties have formed governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, and Uruguay. What these new left parties/movements have in common is a strategy of engaging in grassroots organizing and also running in elections. They all describe themselves as socialist, though in many cases their programs are more reminiscent of what social democrats used to advocate decades ago: reforms that would tame and manage capitalism rather than abolish it. Their ultimate vision may be a world without capitalism, but their immediate proposals are more modest and incremental, though still significantly to the left of the neo-liberal consensus.



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Website of the Week: Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal
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Film of the Week: Video: Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn Discuss How to Get the World We Want

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