Nicaragua, socialism and Sandanistas

aniello margiotta amargiotta at
Sat Jul 8 20:48:57 MDT 1995

>The Sandinistas, like the ANC is today, were a heterogeneous organization
>with many different factions and political perspectives.  Ortega, in my
>view, was a centrist who attempted to accommodate the different factions
>of his own party.
>It is true that many Sandanista forces favored socialism (especially
>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.
 My personal experience in Nicaragua, in 1992, let me say nicaraguens people,
expecially who fought for revolution and against Contras, feel betraied by
sandinist leaders for their ideological confusion, internal struggles,
inability to change peasants' condition, make worse by ex-service men
problem, and corruption cases too,
but I thing it is very far from the traditional conception of
socialdemocratic or Keynesian thought.

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