t's been more than 100 years since most Latin American countries secured their independence. Yet the region and its resources remain subject to exploitation by the rest of the world.
It's time for Latin America to say, "No más." The continent can take inspiration from its former colonizers in Europe—by uniting as a common trade bloc. The whole world stands to benefit from such an arrangement.
Latin America is famously rich in raw materials and natural resources, from oil and gas to lumber and ore. Some resources are especially concentrated. Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, for example, hold over half the world's lithium—a crucial element of rechargeable batteries, like those that power electric vehicles.