Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Enjoy a free book, You Yankee Imperialist!

Generalissimo Chavez sure loves publicity stunts, and now Obama gets to play a role in them. Chavez gave Obama a copy of "The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent," a book by Eduardo Galeano, which is a one sided and inaccurate history of Latin America, Imperialism, and the regions current position in the international system. Alvaro Vargas Llosa at Foreign Policy had the following to say about Chavez’s pick of the week.
Galeano takes a hemophilic look at Latin American history and concludes that the region´s inert state is the consequence of vampiric predation by bloodsucking Europeans and Americans. His book maintains that the capitalist system keeps poor countries in perpetual dependence vis-à-vis rich countries by forcing them to sell cheap primary products in exchange for expensive goods, and profiting from investments in natural resources.

One can picture Obama falling over with laughter as he reads the jeremiad against Third World exploitation, for it turns out that the new millennium is being dominated by the rise of poor, "dependent" nations and the increasing loss of competitiveness of wealthy nations. How does one square the dependency theory with with the fact that, through globalization, Latin America has pulled 40 million people out of poverty in six years and the United States has borrowed $1 trillion from China, a country whose per capita income is more than seven times smaller?


Anonymous said...

I must say that you are very bad informed about the history of Latin America, in other words you have nothing to say about the issue.. the article is totally awful since you quote a poor man like Vargas LLosa, who feels ashamed of being peruvian. He just talks and talks and talks.. he defends the interests of the rich, not the poor people of his own hated country.. sorrily you had the horrible idea of choosing the words of that poor bastard that has written some good books, but morally has no authority.. AWFUL ARTICLE.

Anonymous said...

and let's see if you have the balls of publish it.. you "liberal"

Roland Dodds said...

Wow, a comment from someone with the balls to post under “Anonymous” and uses capitals like they are some 12 year old on Twitter. I’m truly trembling in my boots at your intellect.