The new perfect Latin American idiot

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz in Fausta’s Blog:

The new perfect Latin American idiot

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Fourteen years ago, the Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot burst into the scene defining what made so many countries failures, namely,

The “Idiot” species, we suggested, bore responsibility for Latin America’s underdevelopment. Its beliefs — revolution, economic nationalism, hatred of the United States, faith in the government as an agent of social justice, a passion for strongman rule over the rule of law — derived, in our opinion, from an inferiority complex.

Things evolve, and by 2009, the idiots were

back in force in the form of populist heads of state who are reenacting the failed policies of the past, opinion leaders from around the world who are lending new credence to them, and supporters who are giving new life to ideas that seemed extinct.

Now we have a clerical version, in the form of that air conditioning-hater, the The Peronist Pope who is fond of straw men, as we read that In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism

His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice, and a prime cause of climate change. Francis escalated that line last week when he made a historic apology for the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church during the period of Spanish colonialism — even as he called for a global movement against a “new colonialism” rooted in an inequitable economic order.

The fact remains that capitalism works,

Cato economist Michael Tanner estimates that in the last 20 years, capitalism has lifted more than a billion people out of poverty and halved the number of those living in developing countries on less than $1.25 a day.With such results, failing to see capitalism in its unfettered form as a viable solution to poverty borders on the immoral.

Over at the Vatican, The return of Benedict XVI
The Pope Emeritus has not vanished into monastic silence. He’s still offering comfort for those who prefer his vision to that of Pope Francis
, while

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2 thoughts on “The new perfect Latin American idiot”

  1. Don Francisco may be a Peronista, but that’s just one subspecies of what he ultimately appears to be: a Latrine–and Latrine does as Latrine is. As for the AC-phobia business, that might impress the likes of Evo Morales, but to me it’s just window dressing, meaning a red herring.

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