Description/Abstract of your Event:
The rise of the so-called в??Progressiveв?ќ governments across Latin America at the beginning of the century signaled a widespread rejection of the Washington Consensus and the policies of neoliberalism. However, a decade later, these projects, which aimed to work within capitalism, have begun to show their limits, with stagnating wages, skyrocketing costs of living, and democratic rights в?? such as the right to an abortionв?? unfulfilled. In Argentina, while the Kirchner-backed в??Progressiveв?ќ candidates suffered major defeats in the most recent elections, the Left and Workerв??s Front, an alliance of three far left parties, attained unprecedented results, earning 1 million votes and several seats in Parliament. The front also became a bullhorn for major workers' struggles, such as workers of the occupied factories, and the rights of women. What are the prospects for the far left in Argentina and Latin America and what strategies does the front propose to confront the crisis and create a mass anti-capitalist movement? What lessons can the U.S. and international left learn from the experience of the Left and Workers' Front?