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  •  Who is talking about redistribution of income (2+ / 0-)
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    CharlesII, johnxbrown

    or 'social based' democracy experiments? I think you are reading something into my comment that isn't really there.

    I'm talking about our foreign policy creating banana republics in this hemisphere, for example, because our business interests demanded we exploit cheap labor and a tropical climate. Had we instead paid full price for those bananas, ie: a living wage for the campesinos who grew and harvested them, we not only would have encouraged more exotic farm production at home, but would have built up a trading partner who could afford to import more of our manufactured goods.

    It's not just South and Central America, though, we have done similar things in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. And I'm not just talking about United States diplomacy, either. All countries that can afford to project force along with their diplomatic wiles have done or are doing similar.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 11:52:33 PM PDT

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    •  My point is that the facts don't support (0+ / 0-)

      your claims.  Yes, there have been lots of cases of capitalist abuse abroad, as there have been in this country, but in the experience of most Latin Americans, all except Cuba are now democracies of some form at least, and all without governments rounding up people and shooting them, America is given almost all the credit for this, even in places like Venezuela where America gets blame by political leaders for some of the things you're saying.

      So, the story isn't a clean one, but the evidence of liberal democracies throughout the region, and at least democratic elections in every country except Cuba, is an example of US foreign policy success since that creating that world has been the US foreign policy for decades. And Latin Americans themselves say this, even when they use our values, correctly, to criticize some of the things we do.

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