When you think about "The Western World," do you consider Latin America part of it?

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That's actually a really interesting question which exposes the equivocal way that things are often framed. Culturally, it seems like an obvious "yes" ― economically? Chile got into the OECD, which seems like an automatic "yes" ; Brazil exports aeroplanes, so yes ; but Honduras or Nicaragua? (Napoleon III had high hopes for Nicaragua.)

Maybe the fairest way to express it is to say that Latin American countries are often treated as "junior West" or "West lite".

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