Nothing could go wrong because nothing had...i meant "nothing would." no - then i quit trying to phrase it, realizing that if time travel ever became widespread, english grammar was going to have to add a whole new set of tenses to describe reflexive situations - conjugations that would make the french literary tenses and the latin historical tenses look simple.
Latin america is now exploring new and often promising paths in rejecting the doctrinal notions of "globalization," and also in the remarkable growth of popular movements and authentic participation in the political systems. How successful this will be is more a matter for action than for speculation.
By being so long in the lowest form [at harrow] i gained an immense advantage over the cleverer boys. . . . i got into my bones the essential structure of the ordinary british sentence - which is a noble thing. naturally i am biased in favor of boys learning english; i would make them all learn english: and then i would let the clever ones learn latin as an honor, and greek as a treat.
In my dealing with my child, my latin and greek, my accomplishments and my money stead me nothing; but as much soul as i have avails. If i am wilful, he sets his will against mine, one for one, and leaves me, if i please, the degradation of beating him by my superiority of strength. But if i renounce my will, and act for the soul, setting that up as umpire between us two, out of his young eyes looks the same soul; he reveres and loves with me.
It is wonderful how soon a piano gets into a log-hut on the frontier. You would think they found it under a pine-stump. With it comes a latin grammar, and one of those tow-head boys has written a hymn on sunday. Now let colleges, now let senates take heed! For here is one who, opening these fine tastes on the basis of the pioneer's iron constitution, will gather all their laurels in his strong hands.
When you have difficult issues on the table for discussion, then sometimes for africa you may have burundi or gambia representing them on the security council; and then for latin america you may have a country like costa rica, which is a wonderful country but they don't have the same weight as others from the other regions. And sometimes they get bullied. Sometimes their capitals come under lots of pressure to take a position.
But still, id be darned if i was going to be one of those americans who stomp around italy barking commands in ever-louder english. I was going to be one of those americans who traversed italy with my forehead knit in concentration, divining wordsw from their latin roots and answering by wedging french cognates into italian pronunciations spliced onto a standard spanish verb conjugation.
There has to be spiritual transformation among the masses, who have to be willing to recognize that their oppression is not a law of nature. That's what latin american bishops were doing when they formed base communities. They were trying to get peasants to recognize that you can take your fate into your own hands. That's what the civil-rights movement did here. That's what the women's movement did.
Part of the uprising of latin america, particularly in the last 10 to 15 years, has been a reaction to [neoliberal regime], and they have thrown out a lot of these measures and moved in a different direction. In earlier years, the us would have overthrown the governments or, one way or another, curtailed them. Now, it can't do that.
Europe is being subjected to the kinds of programs that devastated latin america for many years. Latin america has thrown them out and is pulling out: it's successful; it's democratizing; it's economically developing; and it's free from the shrapnel of us imperialism for 25 years. Meanwhile, western europe is destroying itself systematically, destroying itself going in the opposite direction.