The Rise and Fall of South America’s left wing parties

In the last twenty plus years South America has experienced a political swift regarding power and control.

Since 1992 when Hugo Chavez emerged as a prominent political figure in Venezuela, many left wing leaders have risen to become part of a new continental and regional order. This so called socialist order has its roots in Marxism and Socialism with special attention towards poor people and social assertion for lower classes.

Many citizens from South American countries in the late nineties felt disappointed and deceived by their government and their policies designed for the rich sometimes forgetting the poor. A political mistake not measured by leaders at the time was the huge increase of poverty in the region and the economic turmoil which ultimately ignited a “revolutionary” fire in many citizens looking desperately for answers.

People from Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia (Only in the capital) emphasized with the ideas of a new generation of governments which ultimate goal was to reduce poverty and increase social development projects for the “ghetto” or marginalized districts. On paper these ideas of revolution and social prosperity were well assimilated by the people of those forgotten districts, and since they were bigger in number comparing to those in favor of the current political system at that time the table was served for a political and social reform led by left wing parties.

What was a political utopia became reality and in places where nobody believed Marxism could emerged, it did. However, it has not flourished as those who voted for it thought.

Corruption, weak leaderships and other scandals have surrounded those governments and what was a fast and furious arrival is turining into a much furious comeback to the old forms of politics.

What once was an ideal scenario for opportunities, development, prosperity and challenges became a vicious circle where mistakes from the “old” system intensified instead of being eradicated.

In countries like Argentina and Colombia left parties are losing or have lost their political power. In Brazil and Venezuela people are showing up their anger against a failed system. In Peru and Bolivia government have had to adapt in order to survive with political and economical decisions against their “beliefs”.

Left wings parties have had the opportunity to do something different and unique. However they decided to stick to the old and make it even worse. People are not ignorants to what is going on. At the end of the day, right of left are not important when there is nothing to eat before bedtime.

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