The Winds of Revolution: Latin America Today and Tomorrow

The Winds of Revolution: Latin America Today and Tomorrow

The Winds of Revolution: Latin America Today and Tomorrow

The Winds of Revolution: Latin America Today and Tomorrow

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THE REVOLUTIONARY THEME--clarion-clear in some parts, still muted, uncertain, almost unconscious in others--is the dominant motif sounding amid the restless, poverty-plagued, disoriented, and explosively expanding populations of Latin America in this decisive decade.

It is a theme rich in variations, making itself heard in as many different tones as there are nationalities, cultures, ideologies, and special conditions in the twenty republics and the handful of colonies and foreign-controlled territories that make up the geographic and political concept known as Latin America.

Yet, all these variations do reflect a common theme: the demand for a better material life and, simultaneously, profound political and psychological changes that still remain largely undefined and only partially understood. The emphasis is on change, on experimentation, on adventure, and on a surging desire to upset the patterns of the old and to venture alone, if necessary, along the paths of the new.

This revolutionary spirit has reached an extreme stage--and a point of contagious inspiration--in Cuba under the Fidel Castro regime, which has chosen Communism as its ideological mantle, and an intimate alliance with the Soviet world as its instrument for bolstering the revolution economically and protecting it militarily from outside attack.

Cuba's choice of Communism thrust her own revolution and, subsequently, the notion of social revolution in Latin America as a whole into the context of the East-West Cold War. It led the United States to espouse, still haltingly, the idea of promoting a program of social evolution and basic reform--backed by more than $1 billion annually in loans and grants--to make certain that . . .

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