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Monday, January 16, 2006

Roots of Discontent in Latin America

The Free West, one of the best blogs out there, has a nice discussion from their Bolivian correspondent on the sources of discontent fueling the leftist resurgence in the Andean nations. They include:

Level one: the oppression of the Indian population.

Level two: exploitation of workers in mining communities.

Level three: attempts to suppress cocoa farming, on which "subsistence agriculture" depends. [This confuses me because cocoa farming is a commercial enterprise. I think what the correspondent wants to say is that the viability of peasant agriculture on small plots of land depends on cocoa production.]

Level four: the spread of modern communications which destabilizes existing cultures and provides the means for large-scale organization.

Interesting..., read it here.

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