Marx, Mariátegui, and Mining

Marx, Mariátegui, and Mining 782412 LAPXXX10.1177/0094582X18782412Latin American PerspectivesWilliams / Book Review book-review2018 Book Review by Heather Williams Jeffery Webber The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017. In 1993, to much acclaim in establishment periodicals such as Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and El Financiero, the Mexican political scientist Jorge Castañeda published a book, half analysis and half treatise, entitled Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War. In it he proclaimed the death of the Latin American revolutionary left. Cuba, he maintained, was a crumbling anachronism. The socialist revolutionary move- ments and parties that had backed armed movements from Argentina to Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s were similarly museum pieces. The future, Castañeda preached, belonged to free-market liberals on the right. Leftists could stay around in public life, though, if they recognized the inevitability of global capitalism and stuck to working on modest goals such as better-run social programs and expansion of educa- tional opportunities for women, indigenous people, or the poor. Just weeks after the book’s publication, Castañeda had some explaining to do when an armed revolutionary movement http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Latin American Perspectives: A Journal on Capitalism and Socialism SAGE

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782412 LAPXXX10.1177/0094582X18782412Latin American PerspectivesWilliams / Book Review book-review2018 Book Review by Heather Williams Jeffery Webber The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017. In 1993, to much acclaim in establishment periodicals such as Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and El Financiero, the Mexican political scientist Jorge Castañeda published a book, half analysis and half treatise, entitled Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War. In it he proclaimed the death of the Latin American revolutionary left. Cuba, he maintained, was a crumbling anachronism. The socialist revolutionary move- ments and parties that had backed armed movements from Argentina to Mexico from the 1960s through the 1980s were similarly museum pieces. The future, Castañeda preached, belonged to free-market liberals on the right. Leftists could stay around in public life, though, if they recognized the inevitability of global capitalism and stuck to working on modest goals such as better-run social programs and expansion of educa- tional opportunities for women, indigenous people, or the poor. Just weeks after the book’s publication, Castañeda had some explaining to do when an armed revolutionary movement

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