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Created: March 24, 2001
Latest update: March 26, 2001

On Latin America and Marxism

Isn't this just marxism?

On Thursday, March 22, 2001, Kylene Phelan wrote:

Hi Jeanne. I noticed in the article about Eduardo Galeano's book "Open Veins of Latin America" he talks about how Latin America is poor because capitalism has made it poor. He also says capitalism excels at enriching industralized countries at the cost of the rest of the world. Aren't these the same views as Marxism? They sound just like marxism to me. Kylene Phelan

On Saturday, March 24, 2001, jeanne responded:

Yes, it is, Kylene. So why do we need to take marxism into account, especially since capitalism seems to have won the cold war? I've tried to answer this very real and fundamental question in a teaching essay: Why Marx?

Good question, Kylene. One that many are thinking, but few asked. Such a question also shows that you are thinking in terms of hypotheticals: Well, yes, but what about . . . Well, yes, but what if . . .

love and peace, jeanne