Latin America and the Caribbean have taken on a becoming pink complexion, all the more so
with historic left victories this year in Colombia and Brazil. These electoral rejections of the
rightwing followed left victories last year in Peru, Honduras, and Chile. And those, in turn, came
after similar routs in Bolivia in 2020, Argentina in 2019, and Mexico in 2018.
This surging “Pink Tide” protests the neoliberal model imposed by the US and its collaborators.
Neoliberalism has failed to meet the needs of the peoples of the region and is losing its
legitimacy as a prototype for development. However, the countries of the region must of
necessity engage in a world financial order dominated by the US, which circumscribes the
possibilities for developing their economies successfully.
The limitations of the social democratic politics, the emerging role of China in the hemisphere,
and the future of explicitly socialist Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela will be addressed.
Our speaker, Roger Harris, taught political science at a Historically Black College in
Mississippi in the late 1960s and did community organizing in East Harlem. Roger is currently
on the state central committee of the Peace and Freedom Party and on the board of the human
rights organization, Task Force on the Americas. He is on the program committee of the Niebyl-
Proctor Marxist Library and the executive committee of the US Peace Council. He is active in
the #FreeAlexSaab and the SanctionsKill campaigns. His political writings may be found at
Counterpunch, Dissident Voice, Mint Press News, Popular Resistance, and the Orinoco Tribune.
For further reading, see: https://popularresistance.org/the-volatility-of-us-hegemony-in-latin-