¿Ola de Izquierda?

Desde que Den Xiao Ping acuñó la histórica frase de que “no importa el color del gato sino que cace ratones”, quedó claro que seguir dividiendo el mundo, como en los tiempos de la guerra fría, en democracia y comunismo e izquierda y derecha, era algo obsoleto. Tan obsoleto como que la China que construyó el genial estadista chino a partir de 1978 sigue siendo políticamente comunista y económicamente capitalista. Sin embargo, es tan fuerte la tendencia a estampar etiquetas con los viejos moldes, que todos los días oímos simplificaciones como la que por estos días dice que América Latina está bajo una rampante oleada izquierdista.

La idea se basa en que el ascenso al poder de Lula da Silva en Brasil, Hugo Chávez en Venezuela, Néstor Kirchner en Argentina, Tabaré Vásquez en Uruguay y en estos días Evo Morales en Bolivia e Ivonne Bachelet en Chile, marcaría una tendencia hacia el socialismo.

¿Es esto así? ¿Es izquierdismo, es el viejo populismo o qué es?

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