Thursday, December 11, 2008

Excellent article on leftist politics in El Salvador

I want to point all the readers of this blog to an excellent article by Jacob Wheeler of In These Times titled El Salvador’s New Left. The article takes a look at the changes in the FMLN reflected in the presidential campaign of Mauricio Funes. The Frente now encompasses both an old guard for whom the rhetoric of death to capitalism comes easily and a presidential campaign with a platform of social democratic policies. As Wheeler writes, "El Salvador remains a country living in the past and present — divided by ideological lines, between left and right, and with many of the same faces from the civil war, shouting toward anyone who will listen. Whether Mauricio Funes will bridge that divide — or disappear into it — remains an open question."

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