[Marxism] Review of must-read book on Latin American Spring, 21st century socialism

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun Apr 14 22:03:28 MDT 2013

The authors conclude that the "long Latin American spring" is a "period of
turbulence and transition". They write: "Twenty-first century socialism in
Latin America is a complex process of change sweeping the region ... [in
which] the banner of socialism is unfurling at a very distinct pace in each

Nonetheless, the very fact the socialist banner is unfurling at all is of
great significance at a time of capitalist crisis at its very heart,
including the capitalist-induced ecological crisis. This makes this book --
which combines a useful introduction into the changes with discussion on
the theoretical and strategic implications -- an absolute must-read.

"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity's
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion." -- Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

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dummy?" -- Jarvis Cocker

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