Robert Cavooris

is a member of the Viewpoint editorial collective and a PhD candidate in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Introduction: A Bolivian Marxist Seduced

Introduction: A Bolivian Marxist Seduced

By Robert Cavooris. Álvaro Gar­cía Lin­era, vice-pres­i­dent to Bolivia’s Evo Morales, was per­haps the first Marx­ist intel­lec­tual to sit in state power in the 21st cen­tury. His work reflects a con­tin­ued engage­ment with a unique polit­i­cal exper­i­ment in Bolivia, and can be read, there­fore, as a guide to a ter­rain on which some are try­ing to plow an even­tual road to social­ism. It is the wager of this dossier, there­fore, that much can be learned by more closely exam­in­ing both Linera’s the­ory and his polit­i­cal prac­tice – not only to under­stand the man him­self, but also, to under­stand the inno­v­a­tive polit­i­cal process from which he can­not be sep­a­rated, and which may por­tend some­thing of the future for the elec­toral Left in other parts of the world.

From Subaltern to State: Toward a Left Critique of the Pink Tide

From Subaltern to State: Toward a Left Critique of the Pink Tide

As peo­ple through­out Latin Amer­ica react to the unspar­ing neolib­eral poli­cies that swept the region in the 1980s and 90s, Venezuela has become the hinge of a much broader left­ward turn. This shift has impelled mas­sive polit­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions in Venezuela and Bolivia, stirred more mod­er­ate res­o­nances in the South­ern Cone, and in the cases of Paraguay and Hon­duras, aroused reac­tionary coups. As one of the few left polit­i­cal projects of its scale in the post-Soviet era, this Latin Amer­i­can marea rosada, or pink tide, is a mate­rial test­ing ground for the tran­si­tion from cap­i­tal­ism to some­thing else – leav­ing open for now the ques­tion of whether this some­thing else is com­mu­nism – and it demands sub­stan­tive dis­cus­sion on the Left.