Véliz, Claudio
October 1968
Foreign Affairs;Oct68, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p68
This article suggests that it is precisely in the vertebral centralism of the Latin American tradition that an explanation of recent developments and perhaps even the key to the political future of the region will most probably be discovered. Although this novel process of self-discovery is scarcely a few years old it has already offered promising first results in various fields. The original, successful and growing participation of the central government in the Mexican economy; the plans for public multinational corporations which will operate within the sub-regional schemes; the remarkable history of growth and consolidation of the enterprises fathered by the Chilean Development Corporation--all afford evidence of the vitality of this trend. At the same time, the writings of historians, economists and political analysts reflect both a generalized dissatisfaction with foreign imitation and an endeavor to create a new political architecture, using the materials at hand instead of importing them ready-made from elsewhere. Latin America has been prodigal in the arts and letters--perhaps the world's best contemporary novels have been written during the past decade by Colombians, Peruvians and Argentine--but it has not distinguished itself in the field of political and social ideas.


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