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What is it with Latin America?

Reader comment on item: Venezuela's Tyranny of Bad Ideas

Submitted by Kepha Hor (United States), Aug 28, 2018 at 19:56

Cuba was another Latin American country that was fairly well off before Communism. To give a back of the hand to Max Weber as well (and, as a Protestant who appreciates capitalism, I disagree with him every which way), Communism even made a poor country of the Mecklenburg-Thuringia belt inhabited by German Protestants and a poor country of that Bohemian area which had been the heartland of Austria-Hungary's industrial plant.

Yet, somehow, Latin America seems possessed by the dybbuk of Don Quixote, or worse. Five years after Hitler and Mussolini go down, Argentina, the region's wealthiest and best-educated country, decides that Fascism is the wave of the future and falls for Peron. After China quietly realized that Mao was a major disaster, a college professor leads a Maoist revolt in Peru. Now, after the obvious failures of Communism, the Chavez-Madero crowd wishes to take Venezuela down the same path.


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