I did a post earlier today on the La Paz ghetto parents’ uprising, and have since found a good link at Fausta’s blog re Bolivia’s problems. Scroll down, past Hugo’s picture.
The New Republic, of all places, has a solid report on Bolivia. Fausta excerpts from Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s article in TNR to explain a country I know too little about — and am planning to remedy.
When you’re just beginning to learn, might as well start with the myths about a place and get those out of the way. Alvaro Vargas Llosa says:
After talking to Bolivians from all walks of life in areas ranging from the rural outskirts of Santa Cruz, in the east, to Cochabamba, in the highlands, and from the jungles of Chapare to Tiwanaku, the site of an ancient citadel peopled by indigenous Bolivians, I am persuaded that Morales’ government is ruling based on myths. Those myths need to be exposed before other Andean countries where ethnic and social divisions are also abrasive follow suit…
Then Fausta sums up those myths. Here’s the first one:
- The greatest myth is that Bolivia’s population is alien to Western culture imposed by 300 years of colonial rule and two centuries of republican life.
She proceeds to list some other myths garnered from the piece. And she also links to the New Republic issue which ran it. Go here for a fuller story.
In the comments on the first book, some reviewer calls Llosa a “neo-liberal.” Can someone explain to me what that term means? The person using it obviously thought it pejorative, since he gives the book one star.