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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-17-09 02:52 PM
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2. Not a bad idea. We could also learn from the awesome grass roots organization
in Venezuela and Bolivia in particular. I think these are the two main keys to the peaceful, democratic, leftist revolution that has swept South America--transparent elections; grass roots organization. Or they are, at least, the two lessons from that revolution that are most relevant here. And a third: Think big.

Here's a rundown on what these basic elements of democracy have accomplished:

Venezuela - leftist government.
Bolivia - leftist government.
Ecuador - leftist government.
Argentina - leftist government.
Paraguay - leftist government.
Uruguay - leftist government.
Brazil - center-left; in alliance with the above on most issues
Chile - center-left; in alliance with the above on some important issues

Also, in Central America

Nicaragua - leftist government
El Salvador - leftist way ahead in the impending prez election
Honduras - leaning left
Guatemla - center-left (first progressive gov't ever, in Guatemala)
Mexico - leftist came within 0.05% of becoming prez in the last election.

Also from transparent elections, grass roots organization and thinking big has come unprecedented unity among South American governments, in fending off U.S./Bushwhack attacks on their sovereignty, and creating a new organization, UNASUR, a South American common market, sans the U.S.
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