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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Latin America Tilting Left

Bad news from South of the Border:

Since a bombastic army colonel, Hugo Chávez, won office in Venezuela in 1998, three-quarters of South America has shifted to the left, though most countries are led by pragmatic presidents like Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil and Néstor Kirchner in Argentina.

That decisive shift has a good chance of spreading to Bolivia, Ecuador and, for the first time in recent years, north of the Panama Canal. In Nicaragua, the Sandinistas, led by Daniel Ortega, are positioning themselves to win back the presidency they lost in 1990. Farther north, in Mexico, polls show that Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a hard-charging leftist populist, may replace the business-friendly president, Vicente Fox, who is barred from another term.

Traditional, market-friendly politicians can still win in all these countries. But polls show a general leftward drift that could bring policies sharply deviating from longstanding American economic remedies like unfettered trade and privatization, better known as the Washington Consensus.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had better get that fence built on our Southern Border because the leftests will create misery and that will result in an exodus. We need to be prepared to beat it back because all those poor ignorant people will bring their leftest ideas with them as poor ignorant people always do.

12/11/2005 12:51 PM  
Blogger Henry O said...

Perhaps oil prices will fall and expose Chavez' horrendous trashing of Venezuelan economy. This will demonstrate once again, to the rest of Latin America, that socialism is an empty promise.

12/11/2005 2:26 PM  
Blogger La Ventanita said...

unfortunately oil prices will not fall for a while, a long while, until alternative methods of fuel are widely used. As far as the fence, we need it but not because the immigrants will come with leftist ideas, but just because they will be coming by the massess and we cannot take another mariel

12/13/2005 1:36 PM  

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