What Happened to the Left Alternative?
8 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2014 Last revised: 21 Oct 2014
Date Written: January 24, 2014
During the 1970s, left movements were very strong across many parts of the world. Left-led anti-colonial struggles achieved major victories in Asia and Africa. But, in a basic sense, global political landscape underwent a fundamental transformation around 1980. Rise of middle classes and their increasing role in political discourse and tradition or religion-based resistance to West’s cultural dominance are the major political developments that are emerging as serious roadblocks to left politics in many parts of the world. In this paper, I explore the reasons for the differences in popular acceptance of left ideas between Latin America and other developing countries.
Keywords: Left Alternative, Global Crisis, Popular Movements
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