Guy Sorman: The two Latin Americas

Beyond appearances and the sense of belonging in Latin America, there are at least two Latin Americas when it comes to culture, politics and economy.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


The establishment of democracy in the new Latin America is a vital metamorphosis that for a long time was not expected. Is its a historical refutation of those ideologists who condemn some nations to despotism in name of some not so well known cultural differentiation? It is also a refutation of those ultra-liberals in Latin America, wayward disciples of Milton Friedman who for a long time preferred the "illustrated despotism" of the generals in order to get to the market economy: Pinochetism is now presented as a local accident, not as a need.

The global economic crisis, which will seriously affect Latin America due to the importance of its export of raw materials, will put to test ...

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