[Marxism] Nicaragua: A View from the Left

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 27 08:14:44 MDT 2018

On 7/27/18 9:41 AM, Jason wrote:
> Since when was it a thing to demand movements start with a certain 
> program to deserve our solidarity? This is the same kind of thinking 
> that enabled some leftists to ignore and deride the Syrian revolution 
> and de facto defend Assad.

Are you seriously comparing Daniel Ortega with Bashar al-Assad? If you 
were a student in the University of Damascus that passed out leaflets 
inviting people to a meeting calling for the overthrow of the Baathists, 
you'd be thrown in prison and either tortured or killed. Meanwhile, in 
Nicaragua the universities are strongholds of open anti-Sandinista 

Furthermore, you are not responding to what I wrote. I did not line up 
with Ortega like the "Popular Resistance" article in today's 
Counterpunch. In fact, if you go through the archives of this mailing 
list, you will see my frequent attacks on his boneheaded canal scheme, 
his opposition to abortion rights, etc. I am actually in favor of his 
removal but not by some dirtbag like Eduardo Montealegre.

The movement against him in Nicaragua is deeply problematic. Even a 
supporter of the movement details its shortcomings in NACLA:


Yet not everyone who supports the movement shares this revolutionary 
nostalgia. In fact, many in the movement and the civic alliance are 
fervent anti-Sandinistas. These are people who do not just oppose Ortega 
and Murillo in the current context but also pro-capitalists who have 
attacked the Sandinistas since their emergence. This group includes 
Somocistas (those who defend the legacy of the Somoza dictatorship), 
Liberals, Conservatives, and former Contras. There is growing evidence 
that from the ranks of anti-Sandinistas such groups are arming 
themselves and gaining momentum.

Meanwhile, labor unions-—government-sponsored or otherwise—-appear to 
have little sway in the movement, though human rights organizations like 
the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) and the Maria Elena 
Cuadra maquila network claim to represent the interests of workers and 
women in the larger alliance and national dialogue. Some members of the 
private sector, who claim to represent the interests not only of capital 
interests but also labor, have called for a National Strike.

Further, representation of peasants and farmers, who make up over 40% of 
Nicaragua’s population, is incomplete. While some farmers are involved 
in a movement against a proposed trans-oceanic canal through Nicaragua, 
this group has little connection to the much larger northern and 
northwestern agricultural parts of the country and the demands of 
campesinos living there. So, it is unclear where farmers and other rural 
sectors might fall in the context of the national movement.

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