[Marxism] Bonsai States, a great definition

Nestor Gorojovsky nestorgoro at fibertel.com.ar
Sat Aug 12 08:43:01 MDT 2006


Answering: 

> Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 14:42:27 -0400
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> Subject: [Marxism] Review of book on Nicaraguan history
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> (The review faults Thomas W. Walker's book for its "uncritical use of
> an outdated version of dependency theory." One can only be grateful
> that Walker did not follow Daitsman's approach, which bends the stick
> in the opposite direction. Daitsman has put forward a rather novel
> interpretation of Chilean history informed by the Brenner thesis. His
> conclusion? That Pinochet was carrying out a bourgeois revolution that
> implicitly was necessary to complete before struggling for socialism.
> Totally fucking nuts.)
> 
> H-NET BOOK REVIEW Published by H-LatAm at h-net.msu.edu (October, 2005)
> 
> Thomas W. Walker. _Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle_.
> Fourth edition. Boulder: Westview Press, 2003. xvi + 238 pp.
> Illustrations, map, graph, notes, annotated bibliography, index.
> $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 0-8133-4033-0; $25.00 (paper), ISBN
> 0-8133-3882-4.
> 
> Reviewed for H-LatAm by Andy Daitsman, Department of Social Studies,
> Millis High School.
> 
> A Bonsai State? Nicaragua and the United States in the Late Twentieth
> Century
> 

I think that this idea of the "Bonsai State" is of the greatest 
importance.  All Latin American States, even Brazil, are Bonsai 
States.  Small parts of what should be a united Megastate, as Darc 
Costa, the Brazilian planner that Chávez has taken as his counselor, 
explains in his seminal "Estratégia latinoamericana".  

This book, where Costa exposes -à la Henry Clay- his own version of a 
"South American System", will prove as important for us as the 
original was for the US of America.  In Clay's project the most 
revolutionary Lincoln was already alive.  So will happen with Costa's 
and -hopefully- with anything of value my own contribution to the 
issue, which is due to appear soon, might contain.

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Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
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