28 minutes | Dec 11, 2020

The Left, Divided Over the Extraction Economy

On this episode Mark talks with Thea Riofrancos. Thea is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College, and author of two essential reads on the challenges facing global left movements today: 'Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador' and 'A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal.' Mark and Thea discuss why the Left in Ecuador fractured under the progressive Correa government starting in 2007, and the role resource extraction played in those divisions. As Riofrancos explains, this intra-left conflict isn’t just about political strategy or economic inclinations -- it’s also about competing visions of modernity, and it has lessons for progressive movements around the world. You can learn more about 'Resource Radicals' and 'A Planet to Win' here: [https://www.dukeupress.edu/resource-radicals] [https://www.versobooks.com/books/3107-a-planet-to-win] You can learn more about the Watson Institute’s full network of podcasts here: [https://watson.brown.edu/news/podcasts]
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