Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our Brand is Crisis

At the end of the film, one of the U.S. consultants says that leaders like Evo Morales represents a "dangerious form of populism". In the chapter " Latin America in Revolt," from How to Rule The World, Mark Engler describes how Morales and other new leaders in Latin America have been accused of "anit-Americanism," "populism" (260) and "demagoguery" (281). What do these accusations mean? What specific policies are these charges based on? Based on Engler's chapters, do you think these fears are justified? What specific policies has Morales implemented and how do they relate to these fears?

- In the chapter "Latin America in Revolt" Mark Engler describes how Morales and other new leaders in Latin America have been accused of anit-Americanism, populism, and demagoguery. This means that the Latin American countries are becoming more independent on their own. They are forming their own community in a way to help each other out from debt and other imperial countries. They are also trying to cut ties with the IMF. Latin American leaders formed their own funding by establishing a Bank of the south. The purpose of the bank is to "provide development loans at below market rates without neoliberal strings attached". Evo Morales said that he would let the Bolivia's standing load agreement with the IMF expire.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Revising (Tourism essay)

There are many types of travelers, such as missionaries, explorers, Peace Corps, politicians, pilgrims, exiles and tourists. These are travelers who set out to attain information about the world, give information to the world or find peace at different locations. People who travel view the world in a different perspective, as a whole.Traveling motivates them to learn more and experience more which makes them less vulnerable to succumb to ignorance. Travelers do not prejudice and tend to think of outcomes and possibilities before they make a decision or before taking any action. Some travelers look to find utopian societies on their many voyages around the world and this is a type of tourism because people go to find their own gratification. In I Choose Exile by Richard Wright, he says that "It is because I love freedom, and I tell you frankly that there is more freedom in one square block of Paris than there is in the entire United States of America!" [289]. Wright decides that he would exile himself from the United States, so he travels to France. The difference between France and the United States makes him realize the wrong doing of his native nation. How freedom in America is not really freedom but a desire that everyone yearns for. He exiles himself to France because no he has gained the knowledge of peace and happiness, he quotes "I love my adopted city...France is, above all, a land of refuge" [295].

Life and Debt

1. Yes i do think Life and Debt is an example of colonialism. The IMF is basically controlling Jamica through their economic struggles. They are controlling their marketing by selling their products for lower prices and making the farmers go out of business. The IMF is also controlling Jamica and its marketing by not letting the government help out the agricultural production and making farmer pay more taxes.

2. The IMF and the countries that are loaning Jamica money has control over it. They are making sure that the farmers and other sellers are not able to sell their products. The IMF is telling the Jamican government that they cannot help out the farmers and that the farmers have to compete on their own. Jamaicans can stop this by working together and by not buying foreign products. They can help each other out or find another way that will help them make some profit.

3. In Jamica Kincaids "A small place" she describes how tourists are ignorant and in Life and Debt they are portraying that. Its showing how tourists like to have fun and enjoy their vacation without knowing nor worring about whats going on around them. The tourist in Life and Debt were drinking, partying and having fun while outside their comfort zone there were people in poverty, people with no jobs or places to stay.