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  •  This is a seriously flawed analysis (4.00)
    The left in Latin America has changed dramatically over the last 20 years.  The Marxist approach advocated by Che Guevara is in decline among many leaders and is not even strongly advocated by leftist intellectual elites.

    Chaves is also not necessarily seen in a positive light by all Latinos.  His anti-Americanism has a certain currency since a majority of Latinos do not like Bush, but it is overgeneralizing to say anything else.  I've talked with many left leaning Latinos, who see Chaves as nothing more than a glory hound.  Though they recognize his ability to give certain elements of society a voice, they don't compare him favorably to Guevara or to any other Latino leader for that matter.

    The Left is still strong in Latin America but has evolved.  To paint all leaders and countries with the same brush misinforms the dKos community.  

    •  My understanding is that... (none)
      Chavez is anti-Bush rather than anti-American.

      Also, there is no doubt that "Chaves is also not necessarily seen in a positive light by all Latinos.", considering that about 40% of Venezuelans voted against him in the August, 2004 referendum. But about 60% voted for him. Not a Bush level Man-date of course, but pretty good considering the US has been trying to get rid of him for years.

      "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war."

      by RonV on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 08:09:28 AM PST

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      •  I agree that Chavez is anti-Bush (none)
        and not anti-American.  Furthermore, I am not referring explicitly to Venezuelans when I talk about "many Latinos."  Most of those I have spoken to are not from Venezuela.  I know how the vote came out. I was disagreeing with the authors overall assertion that the emergence of these leaders is part of a trend that came be easily summarized by references to Chavez and Guevara.  It's just not that simple.  The left in Latin America is much more diverse.  Furthermore, Marxism is not driving the left--which references to Che Guevara implies.

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