By S. Babbitt

ISBN-10: 1137413239

ISBN-13: 9781137413239

ISBN-10: 1349489867

ISBN-13: 9781349489862

This booklet argues that the ignored principles of José Martí and Ernesto 'Che' Guevara clarify fresh politics in Latin the United States and the Caribbean but additionally, much more considerably, provide a defensible replacement course for international improvement ethics.

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For Martí, some choices, made from 42 ● José Martí, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and Global Development Ethics “within,” are already unfree, even if well informed. This is so when truths possessed cannot be properly judged, because of institutions: “We are striving for truth and not for dreams” (1891/1999a: 134), he wrote, in the manifesto of the revolutionary political party aiming for radical independence. Martí’s confidence in the primacy of truth lay in his commitment, born of personal experience, that as we actualize human potential, we learn its possibility—not the other way around.

7 deaths per thousand live births in 2008. 7. Cuba’s infant mortality rate was close to 50 at the end of the 1960s and has descended ever since. Incredibly, it fell below 10 for the first time in the 1990s, as the world awaited Cuba’s demise. In the “special period,” Cubans were saying that the sun had stopped shining on their island, but their kids were still being fed and educated. One can easily see for oneself that Cuba is the only country in Latin America in which childhood is, as Galeano points out, a protected state.

He argued, therefore, that “exactly what we need to ready ourselves and to expel the Spaniards and form a free government . . [is] unity” (1815/2003b: 29). Mariátequi also insisted on the urgency of “pensar en América Latina” (to think in Latin America; cited in Vanden & Becker 2011: 18). And like Bolívar, Mariátequi saw such reconceptualization as largely political and requiring unity. Túpac Amaru, he argues, demonstrated the Indians’ capacity to fight. But “independence weakened this capability” (Mariátequi 1924/2011a: 141), offering solutions that were not real solutions because power remained in the hands of a European elite.

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