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  • Las venas abiertas de América Latina
  • Eduardo Galeano
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  • 04 December 2020
  • 9781846687426

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Las venas abiertas de América Latina Summary Ú 8 D this is an intellectually honest and valuable study Library JournalA dazzling barrage of words and ideas Histor. Incredibly informative well researched and thought out book that provides context into how Latin America got to the state it is in today

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Las venas abiertas de América Latina Summary Ú 8 E exposé which all students of Latin American and US history must read ChoiceWell written and passionately state. This is an agonizingly lucid account of the of colonisation and depredation of a continent Beginning with the continuing genocide of the native population seguing into the advent of slavery and its replacement with hunger wages for the same back breaking or in the case of the mines lung destroying work as the slaves were forced to carry out and concluding with the neocolonial extraction of Latin American resources by the USA and Europe whatever Latin America makes he argues its main export is cheap labour Corporate vampires and their helpers the US government local dictators the IMF and World Bank are thoroughly indicted Galeano also takes care to mention the many uprisings and resistance fighters and the violence they were met with and also success stories like Cuba Essential readingThere are always politicians and technocrats ready to show that the invasion of industrialising foreign capital benefits the area invaded In this version the new model imperialism comes on a geuinely civilizing mission is a blessing to the dominated countries and the true love declarations by the dominant power of the moment are its real intentions Guilty consciences are ths relieved of the need for alibis for no one is guilty today s imperialism radiates techology and progress and even the use of this old unpleasant word to define it is in bad taste But when imperialism begins exalting its own virtues we should take a look in our pockets We find that the new model does not make its colonies prosperous although it enriches their poles of development it does not ease social and regional tensions but aggravates them it spreads poverty even widely and concentrates wealth even narrowly it pays wages twenty times lower than in Detroit and charges prices three times higher than in New York it takes over the internal market and the mainsprings of the productive apparatus it assumes proprietary rights to chart the course and fix the frontiers of progress it controls national credit and orients external trade at its whim it denationalises not only industry but the profits earned by industry it fosters the waste of resources by diverting a large part of the economic surplus abroad it does not bring in capital for investment but takes it out

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Las venas abiertas de América Latina Summary Ú 8 St Five Centuries of the Pillage of a ContinentA superbly written excellently translated and powerfully persuasiv. I read this book out of curiosity and interest in Latin America I was advised that it was just rant or left wing rant but decided to see for myself I came away with this as the main idea in Latin America free enterprise is incompatible with civil liberties as Galeano says in his commentary on the book in an afterward The book catalogues the exploitation of the people usually the indigenous people by South American oligarchies and by their European and North American affiliatesIt s certainly been a controversial book First published in 1971 and often condemned and freuently banned in Latin America I doubt it s been on the radar in North American very long The current edition was published in 1997 with a foreward by Isabel Allende It s been in the news recently when President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela gave a copy to Obama and then when commentators speculated on whether or not he would read it Actually I hope he did My first impression was that Galeano s detractors were right the book was just rant Galeano is a journalist and he knows how to use words to move readers My impression was that every sentence in the first chapter had emotionally loaded words If his ideas hadn t piued my curiosity I might have put it down Ensuing chapters might come to emotionally loaded conclusions but the presentation of evidence was impressive I can t endorse the ideas completely because I don t know enough to evaluate everything he says but I was impressedGaleano s thesis is that the first the European conuerors Spain and Portugal later European business interests mainly the British and finally the US government and business have promised developmental assistance but delivered subservience largely by economic means by keeping production costs low using raw materials and cheap labor from Latin American and then selling products for large profits even selling them back to Latin American countries at the same time as they prevent them from producing their own products In what seemed to me a telling comparison he contrasts conuistadors arriving in Latin American with the expectation of taking riches home to Europe with settlers in New England fleeing Europe and determined to grow their food and make the products they need for themselves and to stay not seek treasure to bring home In what turned out to be an advantage for North America there was no gold or silver not even promising farms land so the British in comparison to the Iberians tended to ignore the colonies rather than plunder them In this idea Galeano reminds me of Fareed Zakaria s thesis in The Future of Freedom where he explains that wealth in the form of natural resources is actually a deterrent to democracy because it leads to a ruling class that appropriates the resources and uses them to develop the country or to line their own pockets rather than depending on the population to supply funds for the government in the form of taxes Elections don t mean much if the people doing the electing have no power And clearly immigration to America took a far different path in the North than in the South The result was the development of a growing middle class of local producers in North America something that didn t happen in most Latin American countries which developed local oligarchies who themselves continued to be exploited by powerful patrons Galeano s text is colorful and impressive even for someone like me for whom the names and historical events are not familiar He s a master at creating powerful and memorable phrases than sum up probably somewhat simplistically but I ended up thinking often right nonetheless the problem Underdevelopment in South America is a result of development elsewhere a Volkswagen Republic is much like a banana republic nationalization doesn t necessarily redistribute wealth Over and over again he talks about the wealth concentrated among an oligarchy and the widespread poverty at the bottom that has characterized many Latin American countries for centuries making it clear over and over again that the outposts pay the price for the wealth of the centers The centers were usually the ports that grew up to serve the Europeans and later North Americans who needed to ship the gold the silver the meat the rubber the bananas or whateverIt s easy for a US citizen to agree with all the details about exploitation by Europeans harder to deal with exploitation by North Americans Legacy of Ashes The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner 2007 confirms US involvement in supporting the governments and business leaders that supported the US companies It struck me reading about the maneuverings of American companies that whether needing bananas or rubber or petroleum they were operating not all that differently from how we re discovering they operate at home and it s abundantly clear at this point that the US is moving toward something like the Latin American republics with wealth increasingly concentrated among the few while the middle class which enabled the US to be 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