Commentary on Latin America. Mostly about Mexico - but not always. Designed to encourage readers to learn about the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people spread across two continents - but not always. You can always count on a little snark.
We have entered a new age... an age where politicians aren't afraid to think out of the box, color outside the lines, or draw new maps. Maps, apparently, that lack the rest of the Americas. "Fracaso" to both the parties for failing to engage the question of guns and drugs in the US relationship with Mexico, for ignoring Cuba, skipping over US coups in Latin America, disregarding the failed war on drugs through interdiction, and the apparently invisible economic relationship of intertwined labor and capital with this hemisphere.
How did I miss this take on the Craig Romney ad by Conan O'Brien. Brilliantly funny.
On another front, we have a reminder of the failure of the GOP to understand the Latino vote outside of the Cuban quarter. You want ads to appeal to Mexicanos and you run one saying "my grandpa came here from Mexico and got rich" with the subtext being "but you as a person are 'illegal'" - bad form, Big R.
As everybody that follows Latin America knows by now, Hugo Chavez has pulled off another electoral victory. He's wielded the power of incumbency in a centralized economic state like a pro and benefited from the loyalty of increased state sponsored projects - not something that any incumbent can disitance themselves from. I think, however, that he did himself and Venezuela a disservice on two fronts.
1) By choosing to run again he provokes a reaction that will dramatically seek to overturn his policies - which would undermine his entire project. He also stifles a second tier of leadership that could replace him and creates another personalist regime in Latin America - and those are hit and miss on the legacy front.
Jason Dormady is currently an associate professor of history at Central Washington University where he teaches courses on Mexico, general Latin American topics, world history, and religion in Latin America. He is also a member of the CWU Latin@ and Latin American Studies program faculty. You can read about my research interests at Academia.
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