Sweeper: Fear, Resistance and Global Climate

The topics of fascism turned to discussions of populism as our topic moved into the case study of Latin America. What was interesting about this dialogue as a whole was the connection of this case study to central themes overall. Some that I found very prevalent that I will touch on are the promotion of fear, resistance, and ability to act in the context of larger global sentiments.

Key discussions from lecture regarded the disappearances that occurred in Chile and Argentina, and how this was a tool of oppression among the general public. People did not know how to react to these disappearances, instilling fear and uncertainty among those who were not associated with the military regime. This ability to instill fear is common among all the examples we have studied thus far as it is the easiest way of controlling people.

In terms of resistance, the grandmothers and mothers that protested in the Plaza de Mayo used the means they had under a restrictive government to gain information and counter the fear-based political climate.

Finally, the politics of the larger political context of the 1980s were highly problematic, as it promoted, from all parties, the want and desire to gain power in some capacity. In the wake of the Cold War, with the United States trying to promote anti-communism and Latin America wanting to secure power on the global scale, the polarizing political climate ability to consolidate power through populist authoritarian means was almost inevitable.

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