Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Our Brand is Crisis"

At the end of the film, one of the U.S. political consultants says that leaders like Evo Morales represent a "dangerous 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 "anti-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?

- "Populism" and "demagoguery" go hand in hand. Both explain how there is a stance for getting people their rights and doing whatever is needed to get natives what they want. Apart of "populism" and "demagoguery" includes getting rid of officials which make natives unsatisfied. We saw this when riots and protests were led Evo Morales to get rid of Goni in Our Brand is Crisis. There is an idea of how Morales was born in poverty and understands the people's needs.

- There is a twist in ideas when "anti-Americanism" is used to characterize new leaders because it can be interpreted as America being based on what only officials want and has nothing to do with the people. Basically the government makes desicions without the equality America symbolizes. I believe these accusations present how leaders are oblivious to the reality of their nation and make claims which would help them get the power that they want.

- I think Morales did what he had to do to get his position in governemnt but he is actually trying to make an improvement. Bolivia has been in poverty for a long time and never changed their status or really attempted to. Morales finally tried. He had cut his salary to stop taking away from everyone like previous leaders had done before.

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