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    Try not to laugh too hard.

    Actually, it's not all that bad, not totally inaccurate today.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    Try not to laugh too hard.

    Actually, it's not all that bad, not totally inaccurate today.



    Managua before the earthquake ??

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    Which quake? The '79 quake?

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    A quaint propaganda film from the era of "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch." It dances around but misses the main factor that makes Latin America so different from the USA: 400+years of a strong class structure. From the original conquest of the Americas, the encomienda system of the crown set the mold -- the noble, land-owning patrones and the uneducated, laboring peones. (Outright slavery of the natives was forbidden by Charles V of Spain in 1530, but ...)

    English & German (&c.) settlers of North America brought their wives. This had two direct consequences. One, the savages were mostly eliminated. And two, unbridled, never-satisfied ambition created a middle class. Of course, continual territorial expansion and later, industrialization made it possible. Spanish women remained in Spain until the Americas were ‘civilized’. So ordinary Spanish sailors & soldier mostly married natives who had been content living off this land of plenty before the invaders. Mestizos made good peones.

    Large, loving, central families only appear to be a difference because LAm resisted the jump into industrialization/modernization 100 years ago. That was the way US families once were.

    Since the film was made, the latinamericaniztion of the USA has proceeded apace. The middle class is disappearing. Common labor - for what they’re paid and how expendable they’re treated - may as well be considered ‘serfs’. Fewer & fewer ‘patrones’ - our dear elites - control the wealth, land (rents), and politics. But the true ‘patron’ of final measure in the USA today is the gov-mint. Not so in LAm. Peones who leave their patron risk abject poverty.
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    Make America Great Again!

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