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Soc 140 Lec dec 6

Soc 140 Lec dec 6 - Soc 140 Lec Dec 6 2007 Socialist States...

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Soc 140 Lec. Dec. 6, 2007 Socialist States Nicaragua - 2006 and Beyond Venezuela - Differences - Agenda - Sunday’s election Prospector Democracy - Flacks - Grassroots Organizations - New Public Philosophy - New Culture of Politics Nicaragua - Following he delegitmatization of the right wring parties with the massive corruption scandal, and given the continuing infighting on the right, the Sandistas gained the presidency once again in late 2006 - Despite all of the concerns of the US government and its messages leading up to the elections last year, what the Sandinsta did was to ensure investor confidence (what Block would have us believe to occur. - Initially many people were assuming there would be immediate capital flight - Ortega eached out to the capital sector and the capitalists are very much engaged and are not headed towards exit - Why? Aside from their reaching out to ensure investor confidence, the new Sandinista gov’t is not talking about or actually implementing programs to redistribute wealth. Wealth redistribution is not on the agenda with this new government. Rather, the Sandinistas are attempting to put in place some social programs that will provide relief for the poor. What they promised and what they are moving toward are a number of social programs that will provide relief for the poor (not the same as redistributing wealth! Which means to take away from some and give to others). - This is a very different platform than what the Sandinista had early on. A whole new agenda here, much more moderate agenda. - This government is also anxious to keep relations with the US positive. From as soon as the electoral outcome was announced, the S were reaching out to the US to try to keep the US engaged in Nicaragua while also trying ot reach out to other parts of the world and diversify Nicaragua’s dependency. The clearest and most strong example of this is Nicaragua’s relationship with Venezuela. This relationship is increasingly important because Nicaragua is a poor oil dependent country and getting closer all the time such that Nicaragua is going to be the site of the largest oil refinery in central America and that will be largely financed by Venezuela. It is also providing lots of funds for a new agricultural bank to provide funding for small farmers.
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