Nicaragua, socialism and Sandanistas

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Jul 6 16:56:33 MDT 1995

On Thu, 6 Jul 1995 glevy at wrote:

> those forces who were aligned with Castroism).  But, the Nicaraguan
> government, under Sandanista leadership, never argued that they wanted to
> build socialism in Nicaragua.  The Nicaraguan government under Ortega et.
> al. consistently said that they were in favor of maintaining a market
> economy but with significant reforms and nondependent development.  Their
> economic vision and policies could be described as left Keynesian and
> Social Democratic.
Louis Proyect:
Their economics was Social Democratic in the same sense as the
Bolshevik's policy toward the peasantry was that of the SR. The key to
understanding Sandinista success--such as it was--was that they used
revolutionary means to introduce relatively meliorative measures in
Nicaragua. If you want to see truly Social Democratic policies in Central
America, I suggest you look at their neighbor to the south: Costa Rica.

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