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  •  Educate (3.80)
    Don't incinerate.

    You make valid points. The topic of popular leftism being coopted by two-faced usurpers is a critical issue around the world, in the US as well.

    But troll-rating and flames? That "North" Americans are taking a positive interest in Latin American for the first time since the Contra/Sandinista conflict was buried, is a good thing. Think a snideness assault on people playing catch-up is going to enhance that?

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 07:11:12 AM PST

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    •  I didn't troll-rate (none)
      I gave him a 1, because I think the diary is unproductive. Bad information sometimes is worse than no information at all, and Chris -- a diarist whose work I generally respect -- is giving completely misleading information here.

      I'm serious. This diary for me is right up there with the no-jet-at-the-Pentagon diaries. Completely wrong.

      •  Okay Listen (3.85)
        You may hale from a small distant sphere where people have far more knowledge about these matters than they do in the US generally. Good for you, but come down to Earth, USA.

        Let me tell you I've got a very intelligent cousin in her second year of Latin American Studies. She took a year off and toured Brazil, and is for little difference it makes half-Brazilian. She goes to NYU. We have a very progressive family, he dad went to Harvard and knows a lot.

        But the only thing she knows about Chavez, let alone Obrador or Morales or de Silva, or even the topic of banana republicanism in general, I've had to tell her myself.

        So I don't know what your standard for "common knowledge" about Latin America is but it is way out of reach of the typical intelligent and inquisitive American. I have tried to raise awareness myself here... You might be able to take factual exception to something in this diary...

        The point is that you should recognize the dearth of knowledge and do more positive stuff about it. It's depressing as Hell, but at least the willingness to improve is there. Someday we might even get over the idea that the entirety south of the Rio Grande is more than our cultural cesspit where lives trade at approximately 400/1 their American value.

        9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

        by NewDirection on Mon Dec 12, 2005 at 07:59:58 AM PST

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