Liberation Theology: Is There a Future For it?
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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Liberation theology was the outgrowth of radical thought within segments of the Roman Catholic clergy in Latin America. It grew from a desire to overcome the specter of poverty which dominates Latin American countries. Liberation theologians identify with the poor and see the U.S. as a capitalist oppressor which exploits the nations of Latin America through its governmental structures and economic maneuvers. The leaders of liberation theology use Marxism as a framework through which their socio-political situation is evaluated. This association with Marxist thought led them to identify with communist revolution in several countries in Latin America. They prefer to use social activism to achieve liberation of the poor, but many are willing to use violence to achieve that aim. Liberation Theology or a form of it will be a challenge to American foreign policy in Latin America and other nations and our policy towards such movements needs to be, flexible to ensure that effective measures are taken to deal with such radical groups when the need arises.
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