Latin American Student Radicalism

A Different Type of Struggle

by Luigi R. Einaudi


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A review of Latin America's Student Reform Movement. Revolting at mediocre education brought on by the domination of a few large, penurious universities, students have aimed at participation in Latin American university administration since 1918. They are finding solutions for reform outside the political sphere, and there are fewer activists in major political upheavals than there were 10 years ago. Although it is enlarged and diversified toward broader societal needs, the Latin American system still mainly contributes to the ruling elites. Unlike the French and North Americans, Latin American students are finding social solutions acceptable, even to the accommodation of their elders. Also, whereas the American left has just discovered the irrelevance of Communism and anti-Communism, the Latin Americans have moved to a new position, since anti-Communism was never a dominant political myth.

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