Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781842772577 Published January 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.95 ISBN: 9781842772560 Published January 2007 For sale in North and South America only

Rebuilding the Left

Marta Harnecker

Rebuilding the Left

Marta Harnecker

Distributed for Zed Books

176 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2007
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781842772577 Published January 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $99.95 ISBN: 9781842772560 Published January 2007 For sale in North and South America only
What future is there for the left, faced with the challenges of the twenty-first century? Based on a lifetime's experience in politics, Marta Harnecker addresses the crisis facing the left today. 

At its heart, this book is a critique of social democratic realpolitik. Harnecker reminds us that, contrary to today's orthodoxy, politics is not the art of the possible but the art of making the impossible possible by building a social and political force capable of changing reality. 

She believes that the social experiments being carried out in Latin America today hold out hope that an alternative to capitalism is possible; they are essentially socialist, democratic projects in which the people are the driving force. To create a real alternative to capitalism, though, the left must change.

Rebuilding the Left offers real hope to those who still believe that we can create a different world. 
Contents
Introduction

Part I - The Left and the New World
Chapter 1: Profound Changes in the World
Chapter 2: Profound Discontent among Much of Humankind
Chapter 3: Towards the Creation of an Alternative Social Bloc

Part II - The Crises of 'Party' and Why we Need a New Left Political Culture
Chapter 4: Crisis of Theory
Chapter 5: Programmatic Crisis and the Crisis of Credibility
Chapter 6: The Organic Crisis
Chapter 7: The Theory Underlying this Concept of Party
Chapter 8: Politics as the Art of Making the Impossible Possible
Chapter 9: Why we Need a Political Organization

Part III - The New Political Instrument
Chapter 10: The Characteristics of the New Political Instrument
Chapter 11: A New Paradigm for Internal Organization

Part IV - From Reforms to Revolution: The Bolivarian Revolutionary Process
Chapter 12: Local Governments: Signposts to an Alternative Path
Chapter 13: The Left and Reform
Chapter 14: The Bolivarian Revolution - Is It a Revolution?

Notes
Index
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