Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Alberta
Russell Cobb a writer and academic at the University of Alberta, where he is Associate Professor in Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. His work bridges the worlds of creative nonfiction with the digital humanities. His work has appeared in Slate, NPR, The New York Times, and The Nation. His works include the eBook Heart in Darkness (2013) and The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World (2014). He spends his downtime playing basketball and spinning vinyl.
During the Cold War, socialism was portrayed as a gateway drug to communist orthodoxy. The crisis in Venezuela has resurrected tired old tropes about pinks and useful idiots who start out as democratic socialists, but end...