“I don’t know if one can admire politicians, people who dedicate themselves to agree, to bribe, to smile, to be portrayed and, excuse me, to be popular? Borges took little interest in politics, but the Latin American scenario updates the interview he gave to Vargas Llosa in 1981.
In a culture that has as it’s predicament the saying that “the habit makes the monk”, the institution, as a set of rules, both formal and informal, that protects the actions of its top leaders has a not inconsiderable relevance.
The maximum exponent of human evil was the Nazi terror that kept a meticulous record of its victims. Thirty years later, under the doctrine of national security, a new systematic effort, but without light or stenographers, brought the figure of forced disappearance to institutionalized repression in Latin America.
The dismantling of the State in several countries, the precarious public administration and an underdeveloped civil service have opened up a space for the military who enjoy the greatest trust from presidents with a leadership vocation.
This is an independence project with policies that project xenophobic expressions against those who, supposedly, are not integrated into the organized community. A community that exclusively extols what is different on the basis of a constant manipulation of history.