Post-colonial” Latin America has been invaded by the United States over a hundred times this century alone. Each time, the US has acted to install a dictatorship, prop up a puppet regime, or wreck a democracy. In the 1940’s, when the climate for gunboat diplomacy chilled, United States’ relations with Latin America were warmed by an economic imperial policy euphemistically dubbed “Good Neighborliness,” primarily de- signed to make Latin America a safer backyard for the US’ virile agribusiness. The giant cold-storage ships of the United Fruit Company circled the world, taking bananas from poor agrarian countries dominated by monocultures and the marines to the tables of affluent US house- wives.’ And while Latin America hand-picked bananas for the United States, the United States hand-picked dictators for Latin America. In Chile, Allende’s elected, socialist government was overthrown by a US- sponsored military coup. In Africa, more covert operations such as the CIA assassination of Patrice Lumumba in Zaire, had consequences as far-reaching.
- Anne McClintock, The Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term “Post-Colonialism”