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Latin America: What the Left Got Right and What It Got Wrong
October 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Join Dada Maheshvarananda for an examination of What the Left Got Right and What It Got Wrong in Latin America. Dada’s 21 years, having taught and organized for social justice in Brazil and in Venezuela provide a hands-on perspective.
Socialist parties with a social justice agenda gained political power in the 1990’s and 2000’s so that by 2010, leftists were controlling governments in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay. However, by 2012, the tide began to turn and today Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay are run by right-wing leaders while Chavez’s successor in Venezuela is barely hanging on. Did living conditions for the common people improve in these countries and, if so, how was that achieved? What mistakes were made that caused many of those governments to fall? What lessons can we learn from their experiences?
Dada Maheshvarananda is an author, activist and yoga monk. For the last 10 years, he has served as the director of the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela, an independent foundation that has consulted with cooperatives. His first book, “After Captalism: Prout’s Vision for a New World” (preface by Noam Chomsky), was published in 2003 and has been translated into 10 languages. His second book, “After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action,” was published in 2012. His latest book, “Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World,” was just released in May 2017. He gives seminars and workshops about social activism and cooperatives and has spoken at the UN and with several world leaders about Economic Democracy.