Rather than bumping the Chavez thread up and around, the issue of "Left" turns and trends is what this thread is after. Would you consider yourself "Left" or "Leftist"? How and why? Do you see any trends in your region which indicate any movement toward the Left? What does it look like? One of the most provocative articles I've come across (by Jorge Castañeda) explains why Latin America has turned Left. He sites 3 main reasons. 1. fall of the Soviet Union removed its geopolitical stigma 2. extreme inequality: poverty - concentration of wealth, power and opportunity. 3. widespread democratization and democratic elections as the only road to power. He also defines and distinguishes the "Two Lefts" in LA. 1. Has radical roots but is open-minded and modern 2. Has radical roots but is closed-minded and stridently populist. Tale of Two Lefts by Jorge Castañeda Though the U.S. and other developed countries are different, there are some common denominators which can be applied. There may be a swing toward Left of center within the U.S., but I doubt that a reactionary stance will produce much lasting consequence unless there are principled ownership and values which can be clearly stated by some believable voice/life. Any thoughts or has this been beat too much already?