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#1    jugoso

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:21 PM


Ever since the crash of 2008 exposed the rotten core of a failed economic model, we've been told there are no viable alternatives. As Europe sinks deeper into austerity, governing parties of whatever stripe are routinely rejected by disillusioned voters – only to be replaced by others delivering more welfare cuts, privatisation and inequality.

So what should we make of a part of the world where governments have resolutely turned their back on that model, slashed poverty and inequality, taken back industries and resources from corporate control, massively expanded public services and democratic participation – and keep getting re-elected in fiercely contested elections?

That is what has been happening in Latin America for a decade.

Latin America was the first to experience the disastrous impact of neoliberal dogma and the first to revolt against it. Correa was originally elected in the wake of an economic collapse so devastating that one in 10 left the country. Since then his "citizen's revolution" has cut poverty by nearly a third and extreme poverty by 45%. Unemployment has been slashed, while social security, free health and education have been rapidly expanded – including free higher education, now a constitutional right – while outsourcing has been outlawed.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

Have a look at John Perkins and what he says about his work in Latin America when he was in action as an ´Economic Hitman`. Pretty revealing.>>



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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:31 PM

View PostEllJay, on 20 February 2013 - 06:29 PM, said:

Have a look at John Perkins and what he says about his work in Latin America when he was in action as an ´Economic Hitman`. Pretty revealing.>>



I have seen it before. Is it any wonder that some Latin American countries are reacting against these kinds of policies that show no regard for social or environmental concerns?

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:13 PM

We have to rid ourselves of the corruption before we can ever get the change. What that change would look like in America is hotly debated everytime its brought up. It shows how well the powerpigs have used conquer and divide to make us more easily controllable.

Yes there is an alternative. But we have to be willing to unite to bring it about.


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:01 PM

inertia is too great here.
it is like stopping run away toyota yaris (latin america) , and stopping run away 18wheeler. (usa).

latin americas had little momentum to begin with so it was easyer to change, usa wil take a lot more and a lot longer to change.

Edited by aztek, 20 February 2013 - 09:01 PM.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

What about setting up a state owned bank, make it cheap and easy for people to transfer their home loans into that and collect the Interest on the loans to pay off the governments debts? Banks make ludicrous profits off of that sort of thing, why not do the same?

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

View PostWearer of Hats, on 20 February 2013 - 09:21 PM, said:

What about setting up a state owned bank, make it cheap and easy for people to transfer their home loans into that and collect the Interest on the loans to pay off the governments debts? Banks make ludicrous profits off of that sort of thing, why not do the same?

i think banks here own the state.

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