The Coming Explosion in Latin America

The Coming Explosion in Latin America

The Coming Explosion in Latin America

The Coming Explosion in Latin America

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We tend to associate the word revolution with Latin America since governments there are overthrown with greater frequency than in other parts of the world. However, revolution has many meanings. For Europeans and North Americans the Industrial Revolution changed a pattern of life a century ago; in more modern times social structures have been altered by ideological upheavals. But the significance of fundamental change, in the relationship of man to man, has hardly been felt in Latin America. With the exceptions mainly of Mexico and Cuba, revolutions of a profound nature are unknown.

This condition is now bound to end. Whether the first action will take place in the Peruvian Andes, where Indians exist in virtual peonage, or in the Northeast of Brazil, a starving land by itself, is impossible to foretell. Celso Furtado, a brilliant Brazilian economist, categorizes the Northeast now as in a pre-revolutionary state. If--or more aptly, when--it blows up, its echoes will make the Cuban experience fade into triviality.

I started my trip with the intention of examining the broad forces at work in Latin America, subject by subject . . .

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