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INTO THE 21ST CENTURY
Politics are thought and fought, policies forged and implemented, political ideas wax and wane within a global space.  This paper was first presented at a conference on ‘La Izquierda ante los Nuevos Tiempos’ organized by the senators of the PRD in Mexico City, 19 April 2001. The space itself decides nothing: only actors and their actions can do that. But it is this dimension—long global, in many respects, but with its worldwide connectivity now greatly thickened—that endows these actors with their strengths and weaknesses, constraints and opportunities. It constitutes the coordinates of their political moves. Skill and responsibility in the art of politics, luck and genius—and their opposites—remain intact within this realm; but it is the latter that largely allocates the political actors their cards.
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