What if Latin America Ruled the World?: How the South Will Take the North into the 22nd Century

What if Latin America Ruled the World?: How the South Will Take the North into the 22nd Century

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Language: English

Pages: 465


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For most Westerners, Latin America is the junior partner of the New
World, an underdeveloped sibling to the US and Canada. The vibrancy of
its culture is unquestionable, but the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking
countries of Central and South America are easily typecast and
overlooked as exotic, dangerous, and decidedly not part of the First
World. In his provocative and powerful book, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
shows how Latin America and its people are making their presence felt
across the world by upsetting long-standing political and economic
assumptions and orthodoxies.

The US will still occupy center
stage in the West for the time being, but few observers have taken
notice of the rapid growth of Spanish language and culture within the
USA--which is quietly and quickly becoming part of Latin America in its
own way. Guardiola-Rivera's stimulating work is equally a hidden history
of the modern world (the silver peso was the first global currency) and
a piercing look at the future. Latin America has been in the vanguard
of opposition to globalization, and its politics are imaginative,
innovative and unlike those anywhere else in the world. For anyone
interested in the future of the Western hemisphere or the world economy,
What if Latin America Ruled the World? is a must-read.

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the US), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Brazil’s domestic and regional contest for leadership and the future of Venezuela or Bolivia, concern not only the destiny of the Americas but also that of the world. In the first of such contests, Evo Morales and Álvaro García Linera were elected to a second term in the government of Bolivia on 6 December 2009, with 63 per cent of the vote and overwhelming majority participation, almost three times as much as the nearest competitor,

you find 95 per cent black Africans versus 0 per cent white Africans.23 The numbers tell us who in fact rules the country. They also reveal what did not change: political liberation from apartheid in 1994 coincided with economic liberalisation in 1995, meaning the wealth accumulated during or as a result of apartheid remained in the same hands. There was no significant transfer of the kind called for by Kani or Soyinka. Those who benefited from the spoils of racism kept their profits, and

London to his half-sister Elizabeth Campbell, based in Jamaica, and in Bolívar’s 1815 Letter from Jamaica. Cugoano defended the Indians of the Americas, whom he had known and worked with during his time as a plantation slave in the Caribbean; he opposed the expansion of the death penalty, repeatedly referred to his ‘fellow creatures’ and invoked the languages of friendship, the human race and the world turned upside down. Like Byron and Bolívar, he spoke of his fellow Africans and the American

the Iberian Peninsula and ordered his troops into the Portuguese kingdom, the British fleet appeared before Lisbon, removed the imperial family and transported it to a new imperial throne in Rio de Janeiro. With British commerce excluded from all the ports under Napoleon’s control, a new mercantile existence was forced upon England. On the horizon were plans for an alternative economic and imperial arrangement, one that could meet the challenge of economists and commentators like Adam Smith and

Lost, and his words ‘are you not hourly in dread of an insurrection?’ addressed to the rulers of England, were echoed by Lord Byron in his 1812 speech before the House of Lords.16 These radical voices construed Spanish American independence as a vector of revolution that travelled westward into the Atlantic and southward to the Caribbean and what we now call Latin America, in a relation of identity around common issues such as the rejection of expansionism, slavery and the sacrificial economy of

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