The coming year could prove to be fruitful for the left in US, UK and Latin-America

Though deploring the situation, Gideon Rachman writes in the Financial Times (extract):

The race to be the next Democratic nominee for the US presidency has begun. Most of the energy in the party seems to be on its “progressive” wing, exemplified by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

These are politicians who attack the rich and privileged in a way that used to be taboo in mainstream US politics.

The populism of the left has an important Latin American branch. The election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico in 2018 was greeted enthusiastically by the far-left all over the world. Mr Corbyn, once an enthusiastic fan of Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, is an old friend of Mr López Obrador and was a guest of honour at his inauguration.

In Britain, the post-Brexit blues could easily present Jeremy Corbyn with the chance to become prime minister.

A Corbyn victory in Britain would inspire left-populists around the world, much as Brexit persuaded rightwing populists (including the Trump campaign) that history was moving in their direction.

*Rachman is a writer I usually avoid, finding his views on many subjects distasteful. However his work is widely praised. The only quotable clue to my aversion is in this review:

“His first book, Zero-Sum World was published in 2010 in the UK. It was published under the title Zero-Sum Future in the US and translated into seven languages, including Chinese, German and Korean. The book argued that the thirty years from 1978–2008 had been shaped by a shared embrace of globalisation by the world’s major powers that had created a “win-win world”, leading to greater peace and prosperity”.

Really?

 

 

 

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Posted on January 8, 2019, in Government, Jeremy Corbyn, Politics and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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