The globalization of capitalism
With some dismay, Ross finds that capitalism and its discontents have reached the shores of South America.
After World War I, Ross traveled through South America to determine whether Germans displaced by the war might advantageously settle there. From 1919 to 1921, he traveled extensively through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Uruguay. In the foreword to the resulting book, he summarizes his findings: “Just as the political ideas of the great French Revolution once sprung over the Atlantic and led to the struggle for independence and to the shaking off of the yoke of Spanish rule, so too are the social ideas of the West making their way into the most distant pampas and into the most secluded Indian villages — despite all attempts to stave off these influences, despite all “leyes de residencia”, despite all efforts to keep “bolshevik elements” at bay. “Natural resources are there to be had, but he who wishes to harvest them must not forget that he is headed to lands of high capitalism”.
Colin Ross. Vorwort zu Colin Ross. In: Südamerika, die aufsteigende Welt. 1. Aufl. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus; 1922; 3-6.