How the US Invested in the War on Terrorism at the Cost of Public Health
Here’s one big takeaway from our country’s disastrous 2020 covid response: For 20 years, we’ve lavished attention and money on fighting human terrorism and forgot that the terrorism of nature is equally deadly, deserving equal preparation.
Today, with more than 545,000 U.S. covid deaths, I hope we’ve learned the huge cost of allowing our public health structure to wither as we single-mindedly pursued the decades-long war on terror. Slowly, with no one much paying attention, here’s how it happened.
Debt, Development, and Democracy
In the 1970s and 1980s the countries of Latin America dealt with their similar debt problems in very different ways–ranging from militantly market-oriented approaches to massive state intervention in their economies–while their political systems headed toward either democracy or authoritarianism. Applying the tools of modern political economy to a developing-country context, Jeffry Frieden analyzes the different patterns of national economic and political behavior that arose in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela.
This book will be useful to those interested in comparative politics, international studies, development studies, and political economy more generally. “Jeffry Frieden weaves together a powerful theoretical framework with comparative case studies of the region’s five largest debtor states. The result is the most insightful analysis to date of how the interplay between politics and economics in post-war Latin America set the stage for the dramatic events of the 1980s.”–Carol Wise, Center for Politics and Policy, Claremont Graduate School.