Lodge, George C.
January 1966
Foreign Affairs;Jan1966, Vol. 44 Issue 2, p173
The article examines the impact of the social, political and economic revolution in Latin America on its relationship with the United States. Chaos and violence are prevalent in some countries and imminent in others. Efforts to promote economic development and political stability have been less than satisfactory, especially in rural areas. The initial vision of the Alliance for Progress has been blurred and its spiritual message garbled. The image of the United States is tarnished by the suspicion that it is committed to the status quo and therefore to passive resistance to change. There of course were those in places of power and influence who chafed noisily under the demands of the Alliance for tax reform, more equitable land distribution and other actions which in the Latin American context must be called revolutionary. The inadequacy of organization becomes more serious and aggravating in view of the rupture of Latin America's traditional social structure. The semi-feudal system, which for centuries provided some acceptable order for society, is rapidly dissolving.


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