From Podemos in Spain to Bernie Sanders’s bid for the nomination, recent left-populist campaigns inspired widespread hopes only to fall short. But overwhelming the fortresses of neoliberalism demands a long-term strategy — and mass mobilizations that last beyond the excitement of an election campaign.
Jorge Tamames is an editor at Política Exterior and a PhD candidate at University College Dublin. He lives between Madrid and Dublin.
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