Talking Ass wrote:Sure, but like numerous of your conversations these endless speculations and fine points and asides lead one away from the core fact that people and nations rise and fall on their strengths and weaknesses: on their 'virtue' or lack of it. But clearly, Machiavelli and de Toqueville have been important in helping me order my own conceptions.
What do you mean when you say 'being real'?
Talking Ass wrote:Many planners, intellectuals and wealthy were acutely aware of the American independance and were very intrigued by it. The same culture information was just as much in the hands of the Spanish colonists as it was the English colonists. .... In the case of Latin America, because the foundation was not establsihed nicely in any of the republics, they have been forever hobbled. Initial problems compound with new problems and got worse. It turns into an endless mess that only gets more and more distorted as history progresses. Until the point of reform. Then, better ways and means are, as it were, 'retro-fitted'.
Talking Ass wrote:it will turn into another labyrinth of endless considerations.
Your real 'effectiveness' seems to be in coursing endlessly through abstractions removed from physicality. Indeed, this is where 'God' exists for you.
All my ideas come as a result of a long long time spent on the ground. At this point I'm less interested in theory and unending considerations but in specific actions.
The colonial heritage of land inequality is still, after two centuries of independence, a major pillar of persistent high levels of income inequality in Latin America (World Bank 2004). The Iberian colonial administration deliberately redistributed land from indigenous peasants to the Creole elite. For the Spanish Crown land was a convenient resource to reward the early colonists’ efforts of conquest, conversion and settlement. With the creation of distinct Spanish and Indian estates the distribution of land also came to reflect a separation of political, juridical and administrative spheres. The institution of the encomienda provided the large colonial estates (latifundia) (and the silver mines) with supplies of indigenous labour. In Brazil and the Caribbean large plantations were driven by imported African slaves producing tropical cash crops such as sugar, cocoa and coffee. The omni-present Catholic church further enhanced land inequality as large land holdings materialized its position as the supreme religious authority. In other words, land inequality was a core ingredient of the colonial order in Spanish America and Brazil (Bakewell 2004, Williamson 1992, Fernandez-Armesto 2003).
the false and inaccurate condemnation of the US which is a sort of disease in the minds of many people these days, and not only in LA but in your neck of the woods.
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