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Author Changes His Mind
on ’70s Manifesto

New York Times, by Larry Rohter

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Posted By:Judy W., 5/24/2014 7:13:52 AM

For more than 40 years, Eduardo Galeano’s “The Open Veins of Latin America” has been the canonical anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist and anti-American text in that region. Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s populist president, even put a copy of the book, which he had called “a monument in our Latin American history,” in President Obama’s hands the first time they met. But now Mr. Galeano, a 73-year-old Uruguayan writer, has disavowed the book, saying that he was not qualified to tackle the subject and that it was badly written. Predictably, his remarks have set off a vigorous regional debate, with the right doing some

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The headline is laughably inadequate. This is comparable to Obama saying "What an idiot I´ve been" except the book has had decades to work its damage.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: franq, 5/24/2014 7:57:59 AM     (No. 9860218)

There was an incredibly enlightening post on another thread about someone´s grandmother saying the scare around the turn of the century was cooling, followed by warming in the 1930´s. Point was that the cycle of fear mongering is now being repeated. I was in high school in the early ´70´s and "coming ice age" was the scare du jour. What a farce.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sw penn, 5/24/2014 11:48:40 AM     (No. 9860470)

In the mid-1990s, three advocates of free-market policies — the Colombian writer and diplomat Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, the exiled Cuban author Carlos Alberto Montaner and the Peruvian journalist and author Álvaro Vargas Llosa — reacted to Mr. Galeano with a polemic of their own, “Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot.”

They dismissed “Open Veins” as “the idiot’s bible,”
and reduced its thesis to a single sentence:

“We’re poor; it’s their fault.”

No matter what campaign slogan
any ReDem anywhere prints on any material,
your mind should instantly translate it
into these five words...

“We’re poor; it’s their fault.”

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