Saturday, January 12, 2013

Latin American Left Leadership

I think we'll see more articles like this that ponder the leadership of the Latin American left once Hugo Chávez is gone. There's just one problem--Chávez doesn't really lead very much. He doesn't act as a model for Dilma Rousseff, or Michelle Bachelet. When Antanas Mockus made his presidential run, he went out of his way to say he didn't see Chávez as a model. As far as I can tell, he is largely irrelevant in Mexico, where Comandante Marcos is not a big fan.

Chávez is very influential in some countries, but referring to him as "the" leader of a diverse left is inaccurate and misleading. Don't even get me started on whether a "Latin American left" exists.


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