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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The Fight Against Neopopulism

Carlos Alberto Montaner:

What is neopopulism? It is an ideological trend and a form of governance that amalgamates all the errors and political vices blithely and uselessly practiced by Latin Americans throughout the 20th century: strong-man rule, patronage, statism, collectivism and anti-Americanism, to which is added -- in some countries with a strong indigenous presence -- the native component of resentment....

Millions of disoriented Latin Americans usually judge populist governments by their seductive revolutionary rhetoric, not by the fatal results they achieve....

That is the terrible thing about neopopulism. Same as with cancer, the cells don't stop growing until the patient dies. That's where we are.

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