Land, Blood and Capital Accumulation: Latin America’s Eternal War on the Poor
This article examines economic and political processes and their implications for development, peace and democracy throughout various Latin American countries between 1960 and the present. It illustrates the continuous coexistence of neoliberalism and various forms of repression, which provides foundation for the argument that authoritarianism is the political counterpart of neoliberalism. A critique of the assumption that poverty can be alleviated through neoliberalism’s promise – the ‘trickle-down’ effect – is offered. Findings recognise the relevance of more inclusive and humane economic policies in creating conditions for peace and democracy in Latin America.