Liberty for Latin America How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression

ISBN-10: 0374185743
ISBN-13: 9780374185749
Edition: 2005
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Description: Latin America's Foremost Political Journalist Makes a Brilliant and Passionate Argument for Real Reform In the Economically Crippled Continent In Liberty for Latin America, Alvaro Vargas Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 2/16/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Latin America's Foremost Political Journalist Makes a Brilliant and Passionate Argument for Real Reform In the Economically Crippled Continent In Liberty for Latin America, Alvaro Vargas Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's woes--and a prescription for finally getting the region on the road to both genuine prosperity and the protection of human rights. When the economy in Argentina--at one time a model of free-market reform--collapsed in 2002, experts of all persuasions asked: What went wrong? Vargas Llosa shows that what went wrong in Argentina has in fact gone wrong all over the continent for over five hundred years. He explains how the republics of the nineteenth century and the revolutions of the twentieth-populist uprisings, Marxist coops, state takeovers, and First World-sponsored privatization-have all run up against the oligarchic legacy of statism. Illiberal elites backed by the United States and Europe have perpetuated what he calls the "five principles of oppression" in order to maintain their hold on power. The region has become "a laboratory for political and economic suicide," while comparable countries in Asia and Eastern Europe have prospered. The only way to change things in Latin America, Vargas Llosa argues, is to remove the five principles of oppression, genuinely reforming institutions and the underlying culture for the benefit of the disempowered public. In Liberty for Latin America, he explains how, offering hope as well as insight for all those who care for the future of this troubled region.

What failed
The five principles of oppression
The twentieth century : the hour of the snail
Friendly fire from the United States
What succeeded
What could have been
The liberal tradition
Reform
When things looked right, they were wrong
The fever of change
The capitalist mirage
Corruption and the ethical abyss
Turning the tide
Liberty for Latin America

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