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Among collectivist narratives, none is more powerful than nationalism, and among imperial claims, none is more devastating to peaceful coexistence than the idea that a neighboring country belongs to an imperialist predator, based on a foundational myth. Until the West understands this, Russian President Vladimir...

From time to time, looking at the depressing panorama of Latin America, I think of Carlos Rangel, one of the region's most admirable classical liberals of the second part of the 20th century. His books, more relevant than ever despite having been published nearly half...

            De tanto en tanto, viendo el panorama deprimente de América Latina, pienso en Carlos Rangel, uno de los liberales de la región más admirables de la segunda parte del siglo XX, y encuentro razones para no desesperar. Sus libros, más vigentes que nunca a...

If Jeanine Añez, the former president of Bolivia, were a woman of the left, she would be a “cause célèbre” by now. Because she is a Christian and a conservative (with some of whose ideas, I hasten to add, I do not agree), her recent ten-year...

Skyrocketing oil and gas prices are telling a more powerful story than global warming skeptics have been able to tell. And the story is that we will depend on carbon-emitting energy for much longer than most people (governments included) had thought. Current oil prices reflect...

If Nelson Mandela had been Cuban, rather than South African, he never would have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize or have become a 20th century icon and statesman. Instead, he would have been a “plantado,” one of the political prisoners (the “immovable ones”) who...

The recent presidential elections in Peru have confirmed a pattern that has been in evidence for several election cycles. Peruvians have made it a habit of voting in the first round of the elections so as to place themselves, with regard to the second round,...

El presidente saliente del Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, acaba de decirlo con una claridad poco diplomática: “Que Maduro saque sus manos ensangrentadas del pueblo de Colombia”. Hubiera podido incluir al Perú porque estos dos países se han convertido en el gran objetivo de ese aquelarre de...

Becoming president of Peru is a highly risky proposition. In the last few years five presidents have gone to jail; one of them committed suicide in the presence of the law-enforcement officers sent to arrest him.  Earlier this month, President Martín Vizcarra was impeached following accusations...

Populism’s distinctive feature is not the redistribution of wealth. It is the concentration of power outside liberal democratic institutions and the rule of law. The populist leader uses antielitist rhetoric to enhance his messianic appeal with the people and undermines checks and balances by concentrating...

Claiming to be the victim of a coup, former Bolivian president Evo Morales has been granted political asylum by Mexico, where he and his allies will continue to push the fiction that he was forced out by Bolivia’s powerful oligarchy. Morales’s claim stands truth on its head....

The recent poison gas attack in Syria, America’s stepped up military activities in Afghanistan, a presidential power grab in Turkey and the clownish bellicosity of North Korea’s “leader” have overshadowed an important development closer to home: left-wing populism’s slow-but-steady decline in the Americas. Just a...

It was recently revealed that Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant, paid $788 million in bribes to obtain government contracts and/or ensure the passage of friendly legislation in 12 countries. The disclosure is part of a settlement with the authorities of Brazil, the United States, and...