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Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression (Independent Studies in Political Economy)

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Latin America's Foremost Political Journalist Makes a Brilliant and Passionate Argument for Real Reform In the Economically Crippled Continent

In Liberty for Latin America, Alvaro Vargas Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's woes--and a prescription for finally getting the region on the road to both genuine prosperity and the protection of human rights.

When the economy in Argentina--at one time a model of free-market reform--collapsed in 2002, experts of all persuasions asked: What went wrong? Vargas Llosa shows that what went wrong in Argentina has in fact gone wrong all over the continent for over five hundred years. He explains how the republics of the nineteenth century and the revolutions of the twentieth-populist uprisings, Marxist coops, state takeovers, and First World-sponsored privatization-have all run up against the oligarchic legacy of statism. Illiberal elites backed by the United States and Europe have perpetuated what he calls the "five principles of oppression" in order to maintain their hold on power. The region has become "a laboratory for political and economic suicide," while comparable countries in Asia and Eastern Europe have prospered.

The only way to change things in Latin America, Vargas Llosa argues, is to remove the five principles of oppression, genuinely reforming institutions and the underlying culture for the benefit of the disempowered public. In Liberty for Latin America, he explains how, offering hope as well as insight for all those who care for the future of this troubled region.

Alvaro Vargas Llosa, a native of Peru, was trained at the London School of Economics and has worked as a journalist in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. He is a fellow at The Independent Institute in Oakland, California, and writes columns for newspapers and gives lectures in some fifteen countries.

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
 
In Liberty for Latin America, Alvaro Vargas Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's woes—and a prescription for finally getting the region on the road to genuine prosperity and the protection of human rights.

Latin America has long suffered economic hardship, social unrest, and staggering poverty. Disasters like the collapse of the Argentinean economy in 2001 and the massive oil crisis sparked by strikes in Venezuela during the summer of 2004 have prompted experts of all persuasions to ask: What went wrong?

Vargas Llosa demonstrates that recent failures have their roots in five hundred years of failed development in Latin America. He explains how the republics of the nineteenth century and the revolutions of the twentieth—populist uprisings, Marxist coups, state takeovers, and First World-sponsored privatization—have all run up against the oligarchic legacy of statism. Illiberal elites backed by the United States and Europe have perpetuated what he calls "the five principles of oppression" in order to maintain their hold on power. The region has become "a laboratory for political and economic suicide," while comparable countries in Asia and eastern Europe have prospered.

The only way to change Latin America, Vargas Llosa argues, is to remove the sources of oppression—corporatism, state-mercantilism, privilege, wealth transfer, and political law—by genuinely reforming institutions and the underlying culture for the benefit of the disempowered public. In Liberty for Latin America he explains how, offering hope as well as insight for all those who care about the future of the developing world.

"The most profound, enlightening study available of Latin American history."—William Ratliff, Hoover Institution

"Provocative . . . This feisty book, which will provoke and annoy people across the political spectrum, is a great read . . . [The author] is at his most articulate when he castigates the consequences of the European conquest and slavery, the systematic deprivation of political and property rights, and the state's support of concentrated private power. He is also brilliant when, writing about the recent past, he deplores the privatization of state enterprises—a principle he celebrates—as having merely changed 'from monopoly to monopoly,' that is, from public to private monopolies . . . The book's last chapter, calling for 'Liberty for Latin America,' provides a powerful set of motivations for change."—Jorge I. Domínguez, The Washington Post Book World

 

"It is a tribute to Vargas Llosa's talent as a writer that he is able to take on such a lofty project, and indeed, to sustain it throughout with a strong narrative and a crystal clear message . . . The greatest contribution of this book comes from its diagnosis of Latin America's problems, especially the manner in which it seeks to bridge institutional and cultural explanations of Latin America's predicament . . . Vargas Llosa's diagnosis [is] ambitious and thought-provoking . . . A provocative . . . call to action."—Matthew M. Taylor, The Law and Politics Book Review

 

"[A] sweeping new work."—Carlos Lozada, Newsweek (International Edition)

 

"The most profound, enlightening study available of Latin American history."—William Ratliff, Hoover Institution

 

"[This study calls for the removal of Latin America's] 'five principles of oppression': corporatism, state mercantilism, privileged elitism, rigid and unjust mechanisms of wealth transfer, and the political denigration of legal authority. Vargas Llosa's is essentially a free-market, libertarian argument pursuing independence through individualism . . . [His] willingness to criticize the regional failures of the Right, the Left, and the U.S. is refreshing, as is [his] clear concern for the poor. A work of unabashed capitalism unashamed to speak truth to capitalists, this is an important work of political economy."—Booklist

 

"Permanent revolution, argues Vargas Llosa, is Latin America's only solution to 500 years of oppression. By defining oppression in terms of five principles—corporatism, state mercantilism, privilege, wealth transfer, and political law—Vargas Llosa's heavy treatise serves to indict the continent's economic and political institutions, as well as obvious targets like European and American colonizers. Quick to point out the gradual decline in U.S. investments in Latin America during the 20th century, Vargas Llosa correctly identifies the chaotic image and political instability of Latin America as background for U.S. foreign policy. Yet this son of noted Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa offers a clear path to reform, identifying four priorities: reform the political system, wipe out poverty, rid the justice system of corruption, and provide wider access to healthcare and education."—Library Journal

Synopsis:

In a brilliant and passionate argument for real reform in an economically crippled continent, Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's economic woes--and a prescription for how the region might finally get on the road to genuine prosperity.

Synopsis:

Latin America's Foremost Political Journalist Makes a Brilliant and Passionate Argument for Real Reform In the Economically Crippled Continent

In Liberty for Latin America, Alvaro Vargas Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's woes--and a prescription for finally getting the region on the road to both genuine prosperity and the protection of human rights.

When the economy in Argentina--at one time a model of free-market reform--collapsed in 2002, experts of all persuasions asked: What went wrong? Vargas Llosa shows that what went wrong in Argentina has in fact gone wrong all over the continent for over five hundred years. He explains how the republics of the nineteenth century and the revolutions of the twentieth-populist uprisings, Marxist coops, state takeovers, and First World-sponsored privatization-have all run up against the oligarchic legacy of statism. Illiberal elites backed by the United States and Europe have perpetuated what he calls the "five principles of oppression" in order to maintain their hold on power. The region has become "a laboratory for political and economic suicide," while comparable countries in Asia and Eastern Europe have prospered.

The only way to change things in Latin America, Vargas Llosa argues, is to remove the five principles of oppression, genuinely reforming institutions and the underlying culture for the benefit of the disempowered public. In Liberty for Latin America, he explains how, offering hope as well as insight for all those who care for the future of this troubled region.

About the Author

A native of Peru, ALVARO VARGAS LLOSA trained at the London School of Economics. He is a fellow of the Independent Institute, which is based in Oakland, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374185749
Subtitle:
How to Undo Five Hundred Years of State Oppression
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author:
Vargas Llosa, Alvaro
Author:
Llosa, Alvaro Vargas
Subject:
International
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Social structure
Subject:
Oligarchy.
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
Economics - General
Subject:
Latin America - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Latin America Economic conditions.
Subject:
Latin America Social conditions.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Independent Studies in Political Economy
Publication Date:
20050216
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Index
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by , In a brilliant and passionate argument for real reform in an economically crippled continent, Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's economic woes--and a prescription for how the region might finally get on the road to genuine prosperity.
"Synopsis" by ,
Latin America's Foremost Political Journalist Makes a Brilliant and Passionate Argument for Real Reform In the Economically Crippled Continent

In Liberty for Latin America, Alvaro Vargas Llosa offers an incisive diagnosis of Latin America's woes--and a prescription for finally getting the region on the road to both genuine prosperity and the protection of human rights.

When the economy in Argentina--at one time a model of free-market reform--collapsed in 2002, experts of all persuasions asked: What went wrong? Vargas Llosa shows that what went wrong in Argentina has in fact gone wrong all over the continent for over five hundred years. He explains how the republics of the nineteenth century and the revolutions of the twentieth-populist uprisings, Marxist coops, state takeovers, and First World-sponsored privatization-have all run up against the oligarchic legacy of statism. Illiberal elites backed by the United States and Europe have perpetuated what he calls the "five principles of oppression" in order to maintain their hold on power. The region has become "a laboratory for political and economic suicide," while comparable countries in Asia and Eastern Europe have prospered.

The only way to change things in Latin America, Vargas Llosa argues, is to remove the five principles of oppression, genuinely reforming institutions and the underlying culture for the benefit of the disempowered public. In Liberty for Latin America, he explains how, offering hope as well as insight for all those who care for the future of this troubled region.

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