More on Vargas Llosa’s optimism
Last week I posted on the Krauze-Vargas Llosa chat, where Vargas Llosa pronounced himself an optimist on Latin America.
Andres Oppenheimer interviwed Mario Vargas Llosa recently, with similar results,
Andres Oppenheimer: Vargas Llosa’s optimism may be for real. Vargas Llosa, he writes,
is optimistic about the whole region because “today, most Latin Americans accept democracy as the framework in which one must fight the battle against underdevelopment, and that those who still dream with dictatorships, or with revolutionary or socialist governments, are a minority, and a really small minority.”
He added, “And there is something else that’s new, and that is a very wide consensus in support of a free economy. In the past, only a minority supported that modern option, while populism and socialism mesmerized the young generations. My impression is that that’s over.”
What about Venezuela and its Chavista allies? I asked him.
“Well, I think that Chavismo is crumbling,” he said. Referring to food shortages, massive corruption, record inflation rates and widespread public disenchantment with the government in Venezuela, he said that “the Venezuelan regime today is bankrupt, and the only thing we can hope for is that it disappears as fast as possible, and that it does so peacefully, through an electoral process.”
From his mouth to God’s ears, as the saying goes.
Read the rest of the interview here.
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