Rebuilding the Left

Bloomsbury Publishing, 29 feb 2008 - 177 páginas
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What future is there for the left, faced with the challenges of the twenty-first century? Based on a lifetime's experience in politics, Marta Harnecker addresses 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 the art of the possible but the art of making the impossible possible by building a social and political force capable of changing reality.

She believes that the social experiments being carried out in Latin America today hold out hope that an alternative to capitalism is possible; they are essentially socialist, democratic projects in which the people are the driving force. 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 can create a different world.

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PART 1 The Left and the New World
Chapter 1 Profound Changes in the World
Chapter 2 Profound Discontent Among Much of Humankind
Chapter 3 Towards the Creation of an Alternative Social Bloc
PART II The Crisis of Party and Why We Need a New Left Political Culture
Chapter 4 Crisis of Theory
Chapter 5 Programmatic Crisis and the Crisis of Credibility
Chapter 9 Why We Need a Political Organisation
PART III The New Political Instrument
Chapter 10 The Characteristics of the New Political Instrument
Chapter 11 A New Paradigm for Internal Organisation
The Bolivarian Revolutionary Process
Signposts to an Alternative Path
Chapter 13 The Left and Reform
Chapter 14 The Bolivarian Revolution Is it a Revolution?

Chapter 6 The Organic Crisis
Chapter 7 The Theory Underlying This Concept of Party
Chapter 8 Politics as the Art of Making the Impossible Possible

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Sobre el autor (2008)

Marta Harnecker is a sociologist, political scientist, journalist and activist. After studying with Louis Althusser in Paris she returned to her native Chile, but was forced into exile following the military coup against Salvador Allende's government. In Cuba she ran the research institute Memoria Popular Latinoamerica (MEPLA) and continues to write. She has published over 60 books to date, from her classic The Basic Concepts of Historical Materialism to the more recent The Left after Seattle. An ardent defender of the Bolivarian revolution, Harnecker's most recent books are Hugo Chávez Frias: un hombre, un pueblo; Venezuela: Militares junto al pueblo and Venezuela: una revolución sui generis.

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