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  •  but why would you think a healthy Latin America (11+ / 0-)

    is in the interest of the capitalist overlords of this country? Where would they get their cheap maquilladora labor to create the massive profits that are the only thing which matter to the CEOs and shareholders? They don't think there's any problem with a wealthy elite living in their castles (gated, guarded compounds) and the wretched rest of us living in favelas and shacks outside. They want to make the US more like Brazil and Mexico, and not to have those countries more egalitarian and financially successful all around. There could be nothing worse, from their point of view - and they've sent in armies before to make sure it doesn't ever happen (q.v. Guatemala, 1950s; the assistance to Pinochet in the 70s; the Reagan Interventions of the 80s, etc etc etc.)

    "Don't be a janitor on the Death Star!" - Grey Lady Bast (change @ for AT to email)

    by bellatrys on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 09:40:54 AM PDT

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    •  Can we throw Celine Dion in jail? (1+ / 0-)
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      We haven't overthrown Canada's government and progressive Canadian politicians have not "disappeared."

      Financially successful Latin Americans buy more American products.

      Yes, the US certainly funded lots of misery in Latin America.  But Latin Americans themselves joined Death Squads, threw political prisoners out of airplanes, passed the abortion ban in El Salvador, etc.

    •  Because It Would Constitute (2+ / 0-)
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      the most reliable new market we could possibly hope for in a competitive world!!!

      •  Have you ever seen any sign that the Plutocrats (0+ / 0-)

        would rather have Bottom-of-the-Pyramid economics rather than piddle-down lies? In any country?

        If it doesn't make them instantly richer, they don't give a shit. That's why France had to go the pikes/lampposts/guillotine route - the plutocrats there ignored and blew and disregarded every chance they had to reform, for generations of protests and legal reform efforts. Self-destructive shortsightedness is nothing new in history - look at Easter Island.

        "Don't be a janitor on the Death Star!" - Grey Lady Bast (change @ for AT to email)

        by bellatrys on Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 02:46:04 PM PDT

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