The rise of independence in Latin America

Even before Donald Trump entered the political scene in the summer of 2015, a social and political explosion was taking place not only in the United States but all over the world. A calm torment among many, who felt abandoned by the political establishment, has now turned into a serious and convulsive illness that has not yet subsided. Iliberalism arose out of fear and fascination within the “forgotten class” and spread to many countries around the world.

There is, however, a parallel tendency that is largely ignored, partly because it occurs in the least developed countries, and partly because the emergence of a liberal resistance is not as glamorous or eventful as in liberal countries like Hungary, Poland and, of course, the United States.

As the populist fashion show continues its liberal footsteps on the main stage of popular rhetoric, there is a less-than-following liberal movement that is developing behind the scenes, especially in Latin America. I see this parallel movement as a healthy response to the wave of populist discontent by calling for less protectionism, more immigration, a smaller welfare state and less regulation.

In 2015, for example, Brazil experienced a political reckoning. Young libertarian activists led the resistance to oust corrupt former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The Free Brazil Movement (MBL) was founded in 2014 by young activists involved in the classical liberal tradition and was embroiled in corruption in Brazil, most notably during the disrespectful regime of Rousseff, but also visible in the government of his successor, Michel Temer.

The MBL is representative of a larger cultural change that has taken root in Latin America, started by young people optimistic for a free world. While not entirely mainstream, young Brazilians are chanting slogans for a free market and a small state, which has clearly made a difference between Rousseff’s successful impeachment and renewed interest in economic reform. Unfortunately, authoritarian tendencies continue to dominate the country, backed by a wide network of corrupt institutions that pretend to include the needs of its people.

In Venezuela, pro-independence groups support opposition leaders such as Maria Karina Machado, who has worked tirelessly to overthrow Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and restore democracy to the country. Although the numbers are hard to find, several groups and organizations are pushing themselves to fight the high degree of political apathy among many young Venezuelans.

Like many authoritarian regimes, the struggle for independence is difficult to identify on the political map, but once you survey the underlying sentiments and observe the efforts behind the reforms, the emergence of a liberal attitude does not seem far off. Reality

Liberal fantasies have also been captured in Honduras, where a number of areas for employment and economic development (Aka ZEDE or Jonas de Employee e Desarolo Economico) are emerging. Basically, ZEDEs are semi-autonomous regions that are “free to take their own tax and legal action.”

According to Ryan Berg and Henry Zimmer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), “ZEDEs are empowered to provide their own civic services, including housing, utilities and law enforcement.” ZEDE’s commitment is that the investors inherent in freedom must not only have their own capital and labor, but also establish individual communities that operate under a framework that encourages entrepreneurship.

However, recent efforts by the Honduran government to recapture ZEDE’s presence could reduce foreign investment and increase entrepreneurial uncertainty. Despite this call for the elimination of Honduras’ charter cities, the government has a long way to go, and the goal of autonomous regions has not diminished the country.

In a recent Gallup poll, 70 percent of respondents answered favorably when asked if Honduras would accept a job at a ZEDE. In other words, despite the fact that many Honduras are rather opposed to mainstream information, ZEDE will survive because of their economic advantage.

Finally, we have Argentina. In the case of Argentina, on the surface, it would seem an outsider, but something deeper and more visceral has seduced Argentines and encouraged a liberation movement. Led by the whimsical and charismatic liberal economist Javier Millie, the emphasis on free markets, individualism and the rule of law is being restructured to include a humanitarian component that speaks to the daily experiences of Argentines facing high inflation and poverty rates beyond 40. Percent.

Probably dubbed as the next president of Argentina The Washington Post, Miley, through her powerful speech, favors Argentines over private property, reducing the revenue deficit and excluding the country’s central bank. He even cut off his own salary-a move that he says is justified by returning the money stolen by the political caste to the taxpayer.

It is true that Miley capitalized on the Argentine sensitivities towards the political elite, but it is equally true that they were attracted to the principle of a free society, the ideas of which are expressed in Miley’s own book. Freedom, freedom, freedom (Freedom, freedom, freedom) And The path to freedom (The path to freedom)

The explosion of support for the liberal idea is not only found in Millie’s book and in public, but also in the relative success of the Liberal Alliance Avanza Libertad (Liberty Advances), which recently won two Senate seats in the 2021 legislature.

Even more interesting is how many voters in some low-income areas of Buenos Aires have turned out in favor of independence. Clearly, the influence of liberal policy is strongest where the consequences of government incompetence are most felt.

In every case of national populism that barrels its way to the top of the headlines, there are bright pockets of liberal reactions – an explosion of support for the ideas of a free and good society. Latin America has a long and troubled history with both old and new socialist policies, but it seeks to practice the notions of a free society through all sorts of experiments in life.

The rise of free market think tanks in Latin America, the bold call for independent expression in countries like Venezuela and Cuba, and the political and economic opposition to over-growth governments from Mexico to Argentina, all reflect liberal insights that characterize free society. From closed society. After all, Francis Fukuyama recently commented The Financial Times“Liberalism is valued the most when people live in a liberal world.” This is especially true for Latin America.

Michael N. Peterson

Michael is a content specialist at an academic institution in the Washington, D.C. area.

He is currently pursuing an MA in Economics from GMU. Michael’s studies focus on development economics and institutional analysis.

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