Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Banishing The Myths

Banishing The Myths. This is an article from Time (MARCH 16, 1998 VOL. 151 NO. 10) which examines the politics of South America from the legacy of General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte. It was written by Mario Vargas Llosa.

The article blurb noted , "The stereotypes that Pinochet generated after his coup still haunt the political future of Latin America."

I find this article interesting eight years later. At the time it was written, military rulers seemed to be on the comeback in South America. Times have changed. Now, the Socialists are gaining power in country after country in South America. Recently, left of center leaders have been elected in Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile and Venezuela. Some of it can be pegged to the normal cycle of anti-Americanism that periodically sweeps the region but clearly part of it is a rebellion against the tradition of military rule in South America too.

Still, one has to wonder how long this will last and the miltary comes back in vogue. As the article noted, "Some still vividly remember the social anarchy (hyperinflation, expropriation, land invasions and violent confrontations) caused by the socialist..."

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