Sunday, January 17, 2010

Latin America swinging to the right?

The deeply embarrassing (for them) defeat of the Castro/Chavez/Lula socialist project in Honduras and now the victory of the right-of-center Sebastian Piñera in Chile seem to indicate that the political pendulum in Latin America has begun an inexorable swing to the right.

If Castro's Cuba (with its restrictions on freedom and economic stagnation) and Chavez's Venezuela (with its economic chaos) represent "the best" the left can offer, the region can certainly use less of this failed approach to government.

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