Hipsters!

Mark Grief has a great article about hipsterism. He ends by pointing towards the possible future:

In recent hipster art, Animal Collective’s best-known lyric is this: “I don’t mean to seem like I / Care about material things, like our social stats / I just want four walls and / Adobe slats for my girls.” The band members masked their faces to avoid showing themselves to the culture of idolators. If a hundred thousand Americans discovered that they, too, hated the compromised culture, they might not look entirely unlike the Hipster Primitive. Just no longer hip.

Matt Yglesias points out the relational nature of hipsterism:

[W]hat I think is most interesting about the term “hipster” is that it seems to function in a purely relational sense. For any city-dwelling member of my generation, there’s always some other set of people who are the “hipsters” and some other set of people who think you’re one of the hipsters.

Hipsters!

Bolivia Gets A Seaport

Until you’ve spoken to some Bolivians, it’s hard to understand how much they’ve pined over the last century or so for access to the sea.  They know their history, and how the powerful countries around them, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, have used Bolivia as they’ve seen fit in their geopolitical calculations.  Most of the time this involved taking Bolivian land.  The War of the Pacific continues to create the most bad blood, though.  So it’s great news, that Bolivia is gaining rights to the Peruvian port of Ilo.  This should also reduce some diplomatic bad blood between the García and Morales administrations.

Bolivia Gets A Seaport

The Soy Cartel

Could we be looking at a soy and grain OPEC in South America?

Argentina and Brazil are negotiating an alliance with other South American producers of grains and oilseeds to deal jointly with buyers in Asia and elsewhere, according to Brazilian Agriculture Minister Wagner Rossi.

Rossi met his Argentine counterpart Julian Dominguez and ministers from Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay in Santiago today and yesterday. Brazil is seeking to draw up “consistent” policies with its neighbors, Rossi said in an interview in Santiago.

A deal between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay would combine about half of the world’s soybean production, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Argentina and Brazil are also among the world’s top three corn exporters, according to the USDA. China is the world’s largest soybean importer.

The Soy Cartel