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  •  sadly, many "gringos" know nothing of the huge (7+ / 0-)

    wave of social democracy that swept across nearly all of South America in the early 2000's.  In just a few years, unelected military dictatorships were swept away across the continent, and leftwing grassroots leaders won free elections. And then those leaders took a step that had never been done before---they cooperated with each other to fight back against the intenrational IMF austerity system, even going so far as to form their own continental bank for development, independent of the IMF.

    It has changed the entire political and economic landscape in South America.

    It was, I think, the change that WOULD have come way back in the 60's, 70's or 80's, if the US military had not helped drown all those social democratic movements in blood.

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