G25313 1997 330.98— dc21 97-44750 CIP Monthly Review Press 122 West 27th Street New York, NY 10001 Manufactured in the United States of America 4 "We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity". THE INVISIBLE SOURCES OF POWER 134 PART II: DEVELOPMENT IS A VOYAGE WITH MORE SHIPWRECKS THAN NAVIGATORS 4. THE CONTEMPORARY STRUCTURE OF PLUNDER 205 PART III: SEVEN YEARS AFTER 263 REFERENCES 287 INDEX 307 6 Foreword Isabel Allende Many years ago, when I was young and still believed that the world could be shaped according to our best intentions and hopes, someone gave me a book with a yellow cover that I devoured in two days with such emotion that 1 had to read it again a couple more times to absorb all its meaning: Open Veins of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano.
This was a strategy designed in Washington and imposed upon the Latin American people by the economic and political forces of the right.
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ISBN 0-85345-991-6 (pbk.:alk.paper).— ISBN 0-85345-990-8 (cloth) 1. That book with the yellow covers, however, proved that there were no safe islands in our region, we all shared 500 years of exploitation and colonization, we were all linked by a common fate, we all belonged to the same race of the oppressed.
And now what is this new edict that they say the general has just decreed to all the city? Eteocles, they say, with due observance of right and custom, he has laid in the earth  for his honor among the dead below.
As for the poor corpse of Polyneices, however, they say that an edict has been published to the townsmen that no one shall bury him or mourn him, but instead leave him unwept, unentombed, for the birds a pleasing store  as they look to satisfy their hunger.
Such, it is said, is the edict that the good Creon has laid down for you and for me—yes, for me—and it is said that he is coming here to proclaim it for the certain knowledge of those who do not already know.
They say that he does not conduct this business lightly,  but whoever performs any of these rites, for him the fate appointed is death by public stoning among the entire city.