Socialist Salon Monthly Discussion Forum

Socialist Salon is DSA's monthly forum to discuss the politics, economics, theory, and practice of democratic socialism. Come to Socialist Salon and share your insights! Socialist Salon Monthly Discussion Forum is generally held on the Third Thursday of the month.

This month's topic will be the Latin American Left.

The beginning of the 21st century witnessed an unprecedented wave of electoral victories by leftist presidential candidates in Latin America. These left and left of center governments have a record of social and economic progress that is truly impressive.

Can the left in the US learn from the success of Latin America? We will examine this and other issues at our next salon which is meant to be a basic introduction to the current politics of the region.


Some links relevant to the topic:

1. Brazil:

2. El Salvador's Left wins election:


3. Uruguay's Guerrilla President


4. Political Change in Uruguay


5. Hugo Chavez: Despot or Saint?


6. Venezuela in the 21st Century

7. Chavez: Legacy and Challenges



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  • Jack C.

    Very good discussion. Like others, I was impressed by the depth and breadth of knowledge around the table.

    2 · May 17, 2013

  • Andy F.

    This was a great meeting, I thought. I really liked the different perspectives and pieces of information we got from many different people at the Salon. I hope to see all of you again soon.

    2 · May 17, 2013

  • Andy F.

    Soctt -- you missed a really good meeting. I'm really sorry to hear about your automobile accident. I assume you've been to the doctor for thisright? Jow serious was the break? Any sense of how long it will be for you to recover?

    May 17, 2013

  • Scott B.

    recovering from a car accident on Monday morning; broken clavicle-collar bone.

    May 16, 2013

    • Lucette S.

      Are you OK? Do you need any help?

      May 17, 2013

  • Carolyn M. B.

    Topic clearly resonated with us. Good discussion. Thanks, Jose!

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Woody W.

    Great salon, learned a lot from people who know way more than I do. Now... among you folks, one or more has till May 24th to write up the proceedings for The Washington Socialist. As brief or as extensive as you want, but try to get plenty of voices in -- names or not, as you choose. Send it to Jose.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Lucette S.

    Very interesting. Too bad we cannot hear the comments.

    May 16, 2013

  • John R.

    You might check this petition out.­

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Carolyn M. B.

    I am going to try and get there.

    May 4, 2013

    • Lucette S.

      We elected Lillian for the Steering Committee. Thank you for asking her.

      May 11, 2013

  • Lucette S.

    Another one on Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution:­
    "Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution: Legacy and Challenges" by Manuel Larrabure (The Bullet/Socialist Project)

    May 8, 2013

  • Lucette S.

    Should we read something for the Salon? And what?

    May 5, 2013

    • Jose A G.

      I plan on giving a short presentation at the beginning and then moderating the rest of the night and I'm to call on people who sometimes don't get to speak as much. Would you like to be the first one to get a turn?

      May 8, 2013

    • Lucette S.

      The third one will be fine. LOL

      May 8, 2013

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