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Rebuilding the Left by Marta Harnecker

Rebuilding the Left by Marta Harnecker

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Published by Mike Cannon
After an overview of the Left in Latin America, from the Cuban Revolution to the present day, the author analyzes the thinking of numerous political actors on the developments now taking place: the rapid development of technology and its effects on the world of work and communications; neoliberal globalization with the economic and institutional restructuring that it involves; and all the consequences, including environmental, that it implies for humanity. Recognising the profound theoretical and situational crisis of the Left, Harnecker stresses the necessity of developing an alternative to the present forms of globalization.
After an overview of the Left in Latin America, from the Cuban Revolution to the present day, the author analyzes the thinking of numerous political actors on the developments now taking place: the rapid development of technology and its effects on the world of work and communications; neoliberal globalization with the economic and institutional restructuring that it involves; and all the consequences, including environmental, that it implies for humanity. Recognising the profound theoretical and situational crisis of the Left, Harnecker stresses the necessity of developing an alternative to the present forms of globalization.

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Published by: Mike Cannon on Mar 21, 2013
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What future is there for the Left,faced with the challenges of the twenty-firstcentury? Based on a lifetime’s experience in politics,Marta Harneckeraddresses the crisis facing the Left today.At its heart,this book is a critique of social democratic realpolitik.Harnecker reminds us that,contrary to today’s orthodoxy,politics is not theart of the possible but the art of making the impossible possible by building asocial and political force capable of changing reality.She believes that the social experiments being carried out in Latin Americatoday hold out hope that an alternative to capitalism is possible;they areessentially socialist,democratic projects in which the people are the drivingforce.To create a real alternative to capitalism,though,the Left must change.
Rebuilding the Left
offers real hope to those who still believe that we cancreate a different world.
 
About the author
Sociologist,political scientist,journalist,activist,Marta Harnecker became one of the most widely read authors of the Latin AmericanMarxist Left when
The Basic Concepts of Historical Materialism
waspublished at the end of the 1960s.There have been 63 editions and few books in the field of Marxist theory have sold as many copies.After studying with Louis Althusser in Paris,Harnecker returned to hernative Chile but had to go into exile in Cuba after the military coupagainst Salvador Allende’s government.In Cuba,Marta Harnecker ranthe research institute Memoria Popular Latinoamericana (LatinAmerican Popular Memory (MEPLA)) and continued to write.To date,she has published over 60 titles.Her interest in the new politicalmovements and their relationship to organic politics has been reflectedin books such as
The Left after Seattle
,and her most recent publication,
The Left on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century 
.An ardent defender of the Bolivarian revolution,she has also published
Understanding theVenezuelan Revolution:Hugo Chávez talks to Marta Harnecker 
;
Venezuela:militares junto al pueblo
;and
Venezuela:una revolución sui generis
.

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