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I had a great political discussion with Carla, quien es de
[Later addendum] Perhaps it is not even so much that US trumps the world in pursuit of its interests (I'm not saying whether it has or it hasn't), but that our official National Security Strategy document, available to everyone in the world via internet, clearly spells out to each organism that inhabits this earth that he or she or it matters less than our national interests, will be disregarded or pushed aside in pursuit of our goals. THAT is what ticks off the world. Even if we HAVE to follow this sort of policy, do we have to spell it out so clearly for everyone that we don't give a flip about them? I'm just talking basic human relationships here (and hence the problem, individuals can be altruistic, but not states?) - aren't we making a recipe to piss of the world? Turning our nation-state girlfriends into ex's?
We also talked about the irony of Michele Bachelet’s “socialist” designation. After telling me that nothing in Chile is publicly owned, I asked what the heck makes South America’s only female president AND her predecessor “socialist.” She said that she’s been asking the same question. Apparently Lula da Silva over in
This was the first political conversation I’ve had with someone while in
[Later addendum] I just remembered something else that Carla and I talked about - the current crappy situation between the global north and south. Or rather, the crappy situation for the global south. Her knowingly impossible dream would be for all countries to adhere to the same economic policy, and that it be a policy that minds the positions and interests of other states, instead of trying to gain the most for itself. If only. As an example of what can happen even if countries all follow the same policy, I talked about Menem’s implementation of the liberal prescription that was to be taken as no less than God’s truth with official approval by the countries and organizations that control the system, the prescription that led Argentina into the crash of 2001 after Menem’s exit. The end of our discussion amounted to an acknowledgement of problems in the international system, principally between the global north and south, that we don’t have answers now, but that once I’m president of the US, and she is president of Chile, vamos a cambiar el mundo!
Someone once told me that Capitalism is so gloriously touted because it gives moral justification for naturally greedy man. In a new level of introspection, I recently discovered a tendency that causes me to support the idea that I want more to be right, not the one which I have objectively chosen based on pro’s and con’s. This is a very important discovery, and I can see where I have used it much throughout my life, especially recently when evaluating (and usually vehemently supporting and defending) idealist ideology. I look forward to any personal conclusions, decisions, or realizations I encounter while looking at the world through a clearer glass.
So... remember how, in my last blog entry, I told you that I saw my friend Sarah from Spanish class here? Well, I went running today con mis amigas Vicky y Diuliana (quien querían caminar más que correr), y I ran into my friend Juaquin from Tech! Isn’t that just ridiculous? Here I am, running on the streets of
I talked with a girl (I can’t remember her name for the life of me, darn it) who studies English at the USAL (where I my classes are) and is interested in being a translator. I asked her opinions about the current spat between
[Later Addendum] I asked my roommate Mauricio (Ecuador, 30) his thoughts about the Uruguay-Argentina Papeleras conflict: he more or less said that he couldn’t decide black or white which country was “in the right.” For ecological reasons, he believed
"Kirchner stood with Cabinet officials and many of Argentina's governors and accused Uruguay of violating their treaty over the use of the Uruguay River. He demanded that Uruguay suspend construction of the mills until a third and independent study is done of their environmental impact."
"Until Tuesday, and for much of the last year, some in the crowd had been blocking Route 136, which leads from Gualeguaychu to Uruguay. Along with similar protests elsewhere in Argentina, the Gualeguaychu roadblock kept crews from delivering construction supplies to the plants."
"At a total cost of more than $1.7 billion, the paper mills represent the largest foreign investment in Uruguay's history. They are seen as a crucial source of jobs for the depressed region around Fray Bentos, with 2,000 people already employed to build the plant run by the Finnish conglomerate Metsa-Botnia Oy. Spain's Grupo Empresarial ENCE is building the other, smaller mill"
[Later Addendum] Another very important facet of this issue to look at - perhaps the most important in the long run - is the role of the two companies investing to create the Papeleras, companies from Spain and Finland. The mills are too polluting to use in Europe, so the move them to Latin America. For some reason, this is ringing a bell... (should we go back to the (ex-)girlfriend analogy? What else would get a boyfriend dumped (and arrested)).
Some of this will be repeated in my other “class-only” blog, but I wanted to get it out today before I forgot any of it, thanks for reading! :)
Everyday my eyes are opened more to the fantastic differences that make us distinct but at the same time am shown so clearly and vividly the strands that connect us all, the similarities that go overlooked yet bind us together stronger than any differences could ever push us apart - commonalities that make one forget to what nation he belongs to and to what ideology he clings.
Love you guys! -Derek
PS - "Loose lips sink ships” anybody? I need an explanation.