GUATEMALA: Accidental Socialism

The most socialized country in the Western Hemisphere is the Central American Republic of Guatemala. It is also one of the few Latin American republics (according to New York Timesman W. H. Lawrence—TIME, Jan. 13) without a formal Communist party. Guatemala's socialism started by accident of war. Today one-third of its agricultural produce is grown on land operated by the Government. The land—comprising one-fourth of the country's best plantations—fell under state control when the Government expropriated the German plantations in 1944.

Last week, tending his coffee plants in the shade of the banana trees,...

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