The Left Strikes Back: Class Conflict in Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism

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The Left Strikes Back addresses the neglected topic of popular resistance to capital globalization and neoliberal polices, and considers the future of the revolutionary left in this region. James Petras shows that the current stage of capital globalization and the weakening of the ability of established popular groups to defend themselves have generated an important organized response on the part of those whose standard of living is most undermined and threatened by the process. The book argues convincingly that ...

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The Left Strikes Back addresses the neglected topic of popular resistance to capital globalization and neoliberal polices, and considers the future of the revolutionary left in this region. James Petras shows that the current stage of capital globalization and the weakening of the ability of established popular groups to defend themselves have generated an important organized response on the part of those whose standard of living is most undermined and threatened by the process. The book argues convincingly that we can now see the emerging forms of resistance in new, popular organizations that, while frequently local and provincial, nevertheless have developed an international consciousness. By discussing their spatial-economic focus, social base, style of political action, and political perspective, The Left Strikes Back both identifies and differentiates the different waves of the left. Further, it presents data documenting the growth, contradictions, and political challenges that confront these burgeoning socio-political movements.

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Petras (sociology, State U. of New York-Binghamtom) looks at the growing popular resistance to the globalization of capital and neoliberal policies. He argues that the weakening and neutralization of established groups has generated a response from the people who are most threatened by globalization, and that though many of the new forms of resistance are still local and provincial, they have developed an international consciousness. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813335544
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Series: Latin American Perspectives Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

James Petras is professor of sociology at SUNY–Binghamton. He is the coauthor of Democracy and Poverty in Chile: The Limits to Electoral Politics (Westview, 1994).

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Table of Contents

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List of Acronyms
Foreword
1 Introduction: Ten Theses on Latin America 1
Pt. 1 Resistance, Pragmatism, and Alternatives 11
2 Latin America: The Left Strikes Back 13
3 Intellectuals: A Marxist Critique of Post-Marxists 58
4 Pragmatism Unarmed 80
5 Perspectives for Liberation: The Ambiguous Legacy 94
Pt. 2 Elections and Extraparliamentary Politics 111
6 Alternatives to Neoliberalism 113
7 Neoliberal Political Cycles 124
Pt. 3 The United States and Latin America 147
8 Liberalization and U.S. Global Strategy 149
9 Clinton's Cuba Policy 164
10 Mexico and the United States: Cures That Kill the Patient 187
11 Globaloney and the State 196
12 Beyond the Free Market: The Resurgence of the Left 204
Index 208
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