Democracy? Just when it suits me

In Latin America, democratic demands depend on who is in government. Carl Schmitt warned us more than half a century ago of this way of understanding politics: creating an antithesis to justify the fierce struggle and prevent “the other” from winning.

Economy

The reality of wages in Venezuela

Most formal jobs in Venezuela are anchored to a scale that depends on the minimum wage. The value of the minimum wage is clearly an anomaly: $2.4. It is so, so low that it is enough for less than 1% of the basic food basket.

Pathways for Haiti’s development

Co-author Robson Dias da Silva
The first Latin American country to become a republic, Haiti is one of the poorest in the world. Nearly two-thirds of its population survives on subsistence agriculture geared to the domestic market.

Society

Politics

Bukele forever and the smoke of bitcoin

Nayib Bukele resorted to the old Latin American recourse of violating the constitution to stay in power longer. And he did it to coincide with his experiment of legalizing bitcoin to distract the international press.

New Latin American progressivism

The new lefts incubated in the midst of a similar social rightism, worsening of economic inequalities and difficulty to build a political alternative, should read well the experiences of the most recent Latin American progressivism.

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