The Guardian | 7/15/2011 4:00:00 PM
Constitutions won't bring social justice to Latin America
July 15--Capitalism's minefield of ambition and greed leaves little chance for constitutions promising a better world.
In the United States, society, state and constitution were born in a singular and indivisible event and as such, they're stuck to each other like flesh to the bone; the history of the US is the history of its constitution. Discourses on emancipation or recognition, such as the various civil rights movements, are produced as legal discourses that are settled by the "justices" of a supreme court. It is this exported model that has insured a tight post-colonial wedlock on the Latin-American legal tradition.
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