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The lack of gun control in the United States affects not only its own citizens, but all of Latin America, particularly Mexico. The unbridled sale of high-caliber weapons and the ease with which they can be acquired has fostered an ambiance of paranoia among those living the United States and a chronic state of violence in Latin American countries. Through the voices of George Zornick and Pablo Boullosa as well as the art exhibition analyzed by Fernando Castro, this issue of Literal reflects both on how weapons fall into the hands of average citizens and their degree of belligerence.
In addition, we offer analyses focusing on the emergence of China as a world economic power and the neoliberal practices that have precipitated the most recent global crises. Complementing this panorama is a conversation with Myriam Moscona, recent winner of the Xavier Villaurrutia