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Post Peace Corps Volunteers in Colombia: Links to Drug Trafficking?
Created by John Eipper on 06/20/18 7:58 AM

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Peace Corps Volunteers in Colombia: Links to Drug Trafficking? (Richard Hancock, USA, 06/20/18 7:58 am)

In response to John E's question of June 19th, I heard nothing of Peace Corps Volunteers in Colombia being involved in drug trafficking.

JE comments:  I know of no hard evidence, but the rumor is widely accepted in Colombia.  See this Financial Times review of Juan Gabriel Vásquez's The Sound of Things Falling:

https://www.ft.com/content/62fb672e-3246-11e2-916a-00144feabdc0

With this note, I will board our flight from Pereira, capital of Colombia's "Eje Cafetero" (Coffee Region).  Time permitting, the next WAIS posts will come from Ft Lauderdale.


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  • "Common Knowledge" in Colombia, Mexico; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA 06/22/18 10:31 AM)

    Gary Moore writes:



    Reprising JE's observation on what social science used to call "collective behavior,"
    in this case on Richard Hancock's admirable experience in the Peace Corps (June 20th), the talk turned to "common knowledge" in Colombia about the CIA. Did the
    CIA start the drug smuggling epidemic? Was the CIA hiding in the Peace Corps?


    Yeah, it's also common knowledge in Colombia that babies are kidnapped for their kidneys.
    It was common knowledge in Mexico in the 1970s, including among some intellectuals,
    that Mexico was suffering a drought because the US had stolen its rain.


    What's the standard of credibility when consensus itself is credulous?


    JE comments:  Perhaps the most pervasive urban legend in present-day Colombia:  former president (and current kingmaker) Álvaro Uribe is in cahoots with the Medellín drug traffickers--indeed, he is the biggest, baddest, and most untouchable narco of all.  Common knowledge.

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