Editorial of the Razón de Estado program number 270
The human species has lived through history in cycles that have marked path and destiny, ages and moments; some good, others negative, some extraordinary, others bloody and deadly.
Until a few years ago, we, the people, despite the pains and the bad cycles, had managed to maintain a curve of evolution and development always towards better scenarios.
Experts claim that between 1950 and 2008, mankind experienced the best 50 years of its history. After World War II, Western democracies flourished, vibrant capitalism took hold in their economies, poverty levels decreased, life expectancy increased, and freedom and Western countries triumphed over socialism, communism, and the likes that oppressed and impoverished nations.
The peoples who remained subjected or have fallen under the boot of corrupt tyrants in this century bear witness to their misfortune. Russians, North Koreans, Cubans, some Africans, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans, among others, are living testimony to the tragedy that dictatorships are.
Since 2008, symptoms of fatigue in the capitalist model became evident, but instead of discrediting or abolishing it, or God forbid, returning to totalitarian regimes, we should have modernized and adjusted it to better face the times we live in.
In this impasse, populists appeared—shouters of 21st-century socialism—who are nothing more than power-addicted sociopaths; criminals with ambitions of being rulers. Some of them claim to be conservatives, but they are more of the same.
Today's threat lies in this wave of crooks and murderers who believe themselves to be politicians, who, in this world of lies and misinformation, and with the use of public and dirty money, easily win elections; to the detriment of the peoples who elect them.
Today, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and others are in danger; however, by the twists of fate, some recent elections in Latin America are providing surprises of hope. Authoritarian populists, whether left or right, are finding themselves in dead ends, as peoples begin to demand respect for democracy and show intolerance for corruption; and they are rediscovering that freedom, private property, the rule of law, the separation of powers, and the free market, with their flaws and virtues, are the conditions that offer greater well-being to the nations of the world.