Confronting the Damned

Authors

  • Keith M. Buchanan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-018-11-1967-04_7

Keywords:

Imperialism

Abstract

For countless decades the "underdeveloped" lands, to which the French give the term "The Third World," existed as a silent and sullen appendage of the developed Euro-American world. Their peoples, two thirds of mankind, formed a "commonwealth of poverty," exploited and manipulated in the interests of a small minority within a small and affluent group of nations; they were voiceless and passive, helpless and hopeless. The decisive historical event of our epoch is the fact that, as Adolfo Gilly puts it, "the whole of humanity has erupted violently, tumultuously onto the stage of history, taking its own destiny in its hands. This stormy emergence of the Third World has created a new alignment of the major political forces impinging on our globe; around the time of the Bay of Pigs episode, the men of power in the United States were beginning to realize that the main challenge to their interests came less from the USSR than from the underdeveloped world and began to re-tool their military programs accordingly."

Published

1967-04-07

Issue

Section

Articles