Why Did the Latin American Critical Tradition in the Social Sciences Become Practically Extinct? : From structural adjustment to ideological adjustment Jose Gabriel Palma

The author argues that neo-liberalism has conquered Latin America, including most of its left-wing intelligentsia, just as completely (and just as fiercely) as the Holy Inquisition conquered Spain. This process has been so successful that it has actually had the effect of ‘closing the imagination’ to conceptualising real alternatives. Hence, the neo-liberal slogan “there is no alternative” has become one of the most effective self-fulfilling prophecies of all time.

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