Francois Hollande the Prime Minister of France has recently faced an internal revolt, as well as revelations of his former partner that this “socialist man” in fact hates the poor. A situation such as this, I think, absolutely begs the question of who are the current leaders in the world that are socialist or even social democratic? The forces of capital and reaction are “riding high”, and the power of the people, and the forces of economic fairness seem to notably ineffectual/slim. I look at it as that things are being rolled back just about everywhere. I can’t follow every prime minister or president in every country, but a good sign of a real progressive is that they’d be getting slandered in our MSM, though haha.

I think Sweden currently has a right-of-center government and a “progressive” government is predicted to win their next election. I did not believe that Chavez would be as progressive as he was before he became president as an example. There were a number of “populists” prior to him who came into office  in Latin America and “dutifully” followed the Washington Consensus. (The “third world” or Global South is kind of a whole ‘nother “ball of wax”, though, altogether than the “developed” West. I’m not saying that condescendingly it’s just as an absolute fact.) I think through the attacks of our government as well as the opposition in Venezuela that had a lot to do with Chavez becoming more radicalized. Manuel Zelaya said that the intransigence of the oligarchs in his country radicalized him while he was in office. I don’t believe the rhetoric of any politician, we have to wait and see on any politician, prime minister, or president who is coming into office on what s/he will actually do/follow through with. The proof “will be in the pudding”, as they say, if the maxim of power corrupts absolutely will hold true, or if an individual can seize upon his or her better angels and come through for the folks — who have sent this “representative of the people” to a particular nation’s capital.

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