Latin America finally starts moving to the right. (in english)
** This is a translation of an article posted to NP by Jose Brechner.
"The function of socialism is to elevate the suffering to a higher level." - Norman Mailer
After twenty years of democratic govenments that never turned to capitalism, Chile became the eighth most economically liberal country in the world, making it to where none of its neighbors are even close to its heels in terms of developement, it will be a change to the right that propels this country to new levels of progress and happiness. Sebastián Piñera's victory in the elections this December is unstoppable.
When they opened the doors to democracy, the Chileans were able to keep what worked in basis of their economy and get rid of what did not, even though leftism was halted in the country. " Between 1986 and 1997, the time of the fat cows, Chile grew at seven percent rate annually. At this rate, we would reach the bicentennial as a developed country without poverty, with income per capita of $ 24,000 per year ... but today we have nearly 800,000 people jobless, the highest figure in the history of Chile." Commented Piñera.
The "concertation" democratic government, sheltered some of the intellectual legacy of this transitional period; making it to where in Chile there was not this complex of being defined as in the more right-leaning areas of South America. Learning to differentiate between the democratic right and democratic left is the beginning of political development.
Another country heading towards development is Brazil. The early polls for the presidential elections of October 2010 show a preference for José Serra (Lula's opponent), with 37 percent compared to the pro-government Dilma Rouseff with 16 percent.
If Serra wins, then Brazil will join Chile, Colombia and Peru as right-leaning, leaving Hugo Chávez thwarted in his desire for a hegemony. One concern is that as the colonel is extremely belligerent, he will not accept the margin he currently has.
The coutries that are controlled by Chavez are: Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Antigua, Barbados, and St.Vincent and the Grenadines. These countries form the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA). El Salvador acts out Chavez's orders, Argentina and Paragusy his allies, and Lula supports him.
Lula hosted the Forum of Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre. Both events provided the support base for the ultra-left drug trafficker. The democrats signed the agreement leaving behind moderation and now the left is in the same pot.
Michelle Bachelet, demonstrated her overwhelming adulation for Fidel Castro, an issue that disencahnted her to democrats. Maybe that was the beginning of her end. Although her end began when she was chosen as presidential candidate because she was not born to shine, nor was Eduardo Frei.
Moderately left and indepedent voters in Chile and Brazil are turning towards the right as they have realized that the small amount of socialism in their economy is what hinders it. Logically, the populists should note the sad state of their impoverishing system. But, how can the populist be logical is their ideology goes against human nature?
** Note this is a rough translation with grammatical editations of the following article written by Jose Brechner on nowpublic. http://my.nowpublic.com/world/latin-america-finally-starts-moving-right-spanish#comment-442461