3   The Mess They Made

How Conservatism Is Wrecking North America1

Julián Castro-Rea

Over the last twenty years, North America has been through a strange process. In the early 1990s, the region bombastically inaugurated what was supposed to become a fully integrated market, pooling together the economic strengths of three member countries and foreshadowing increased political cooperation. In the early 2000s, however, market integration and political cooperation were clouded by an overarching concern with security. Under the pressure of the strongest partner, all North American countries rebuilt their domestic and foreign security apparatuses, adopting muscular antiterrorism legislation for internal threats—often to the detriment of civil liberties—and ...

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