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I was in a coffee shop today checking out the internet and I came across this video clip (H/T Captain Ranty). Over here in Lima there has been a growth in coffee shops with good internet connections. It was a place called Gloria Jeans, which has a faster internet connection than Starbucks and so is full of earnest university students discussing their group projects over laptops. Do you get that in the UK?
Anyway it made me laugh:
Gangster governments abound in Latin America. Demagoging utopia to the poor and uneducated, they achieve power using democracy (or for the guy in the middle of the picture, the gun), only to undermine it to stay in power. Whether it be restrictions on the freedom of press, setting the tax authorities on rivals, stacking the justice system with favourable judges, nationalization or undermining state institutions with a corrupting network of placemen and cronies, anything goes to further their wealth and power. It revolts me to see how western lefties fawn over thugs like Castro of Cuba, Chavez of Venezuela or Evo Morales of Bolivia. It seems that wearing a green combat shirt or ethnic clothing gives these people a free pass to impoverish millions of the people they are supposed to be championing.
Evo Morales is a case in point. He rose to power as a trade union agitator, was instrumental in toppling a centre-right government through fomenting street protests and blockades and has then set about changing the constitution in his favour. Juan Carlos Hidalgo over at Cato has the detail. In the video below you can see him kneeing an opposing football player, and from the way he does it, you can tell he’s got previous.
UPDATE: 10.25pm Susana Villaran, the left-wing candidate has won by just 1% according to the first ‘quick count’. This is the first result coming out after 100% of the votes have been counted. We are still waiting for the verified results from ONPE the Voting Oversite Agency. It’s very close and so the situation could change. However it looks like Susana has just squeeked in as Mayor of Lima. Her party hasn’t done so well in the district contests which may help to provide a counterweight to her in the future.
Millions go to vote today in the Municipal elections in Peru. These will help provide political factions with the power bases they need to win the Presidential elections next year.
In Lima, the economic heart of Peru, there is a clear choice between a flawed right of center candidate and a socialist with dubious marxist connections. All the usual marxist and national socialist suspects, as well as Chavez, are circling around seeing this as their stepping stone to forcing Peru sharp left next year. Let’s hope enough Peruvians reject the siren call of the populist and vote to keep Peru on it’s upwards path out of poverty. There is a great article on the canditates over at Big Peace, if anyone is interested.
As you know how much I appreciate Al Gore’s contribution to human development, you will be pleased to hear that he is coming to Peru to attend a big three-day conference on the environment . It costs 30 Peruvian Soles per day, unless you want to attend the big man’s speech itself which will then set you back 1800 soles. That’s about two months average wages, (the minimum wage here is 550 soles or $200 a month).
I have it on good authority (H/T to Alex), that his list of requirements includes no time allowed for questions, no press interviews and only 100 photographs allowed. I guess he has an aid counting the number of flashes – and no time for inconvienent questions on the increasing Polar bear population . He flies in, gives his ‘we are all destroying the planet’ spiel and then ka-ching he’s gone.
Now I am all in favour of not wasting resources and protecting the pristine Peruvian forest from over-logging. However, there is a certain irony in someone who’s own lifestyle emits copious amounts of carbon dioxide, ……
According to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR), “Gore’s home consumes more electricity every month than the average household uses in an entire year.” “Gore’s heated pool house alone uses more than $500 in electricity every month.”
….flying in on his private jet to lecture my maintenance man, who hadn’t even experienced electricity until he was 18, to switch of his lights.
With Al Gore’s extensive investments in the Green Industry, I hope this has nothing to do with the latest environmental boondoggle.