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U.S. CULTURAL IMPERIALISM? ACTUALLY, IT'S A BLESSING

In '''Cultural imperialism' is no joke'' (Economic Viewpoint, Nov. 30), Jeffrey E. Garten states that ''America's lifestyle and ideas...are often destabilizing abroad.'' In many cases, the opposite seems to be true. For example, U.S. television channels abroad (from CNN to Nickelodeon) carry a wealth of free information.

For many countries, this coming generation will be the most educated ever (and I don't mean only in the formal schoolbook sense). Dictatorships can't flourish for any length of time in countries that have a high level of education. After being involved with Latin America for 17 years, I have seen more personal freedom flow from the wealth of information.

Marcelo Salup
Miami


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