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How Latin America Bucked The Trend Of Rising Inequality


How Latin America Bucked The Trend Of Rising Inequality

Alice Evans

Through sustained networking and resistance, which secured redistribution and recognition, many Latin Americans have come to expect more of their governments.

Teachers demand better pay in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo: EPA/Leonardo Munoz)


Of course, this is very true in the USA as well. Cities remain areas of new ideas and dissent, but much of the US population has been scattered and atomized in the suburbs which has worked brilliantly in atomizing and effectively outlawing dissent. There are no public spaces in suburbia to express that dissent and trying it in a private space (shopping malls) only gets one kicked out for trespassing.

But Latin American cities have no recognizable “suburbia” - only those densely-packed expanses of hill-climbing hollow clay-tile slums outside of the central city where the poorest residents live.

But a very positive trend is the millennial-aged USAns who are increasingly leaving suburbia for the cities - seemingly undeterred by the high rents, and with this move, their political views move decidedly to the left and their activism is increasing.


I didn’t know that the trend of rising inequality was being “bucked” in Latin America. Interesting.


Societal prosperity that depends on taking and redistributing from the most productive to all-of-society …
is less sustainable than prosperity built on the productivity of each person.


Unfortunately, more recent times have seen the right take control in several Latin American countries including: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru


As a recent ex-pat, now living permanently in Uruguay, I must report that wealth redistribution is working just fine here. We have about a 97% literacy rate, fine medical care at low cost, inexpensive medications, free college education, and, yes, fairly high taxation on goods. If you want really fancy electronics, furniture, and appliances, you will pay more for them than in the U.S. In Uruguay, we measure happiness not by luxury but in terms of family, community, and simple living. The U.S. could learn to do the same, if its citizens could vote out the pigs at the trough. It shouldn’t take a revolution, but it well might.