The End of the Latin-American Dictatorship is Nigh
March 11, 2014
A win in Venezuela could herald a dictator-free Latin America—for the first time in 200 years
Chávez the Unfriendly Ghost
April 06, 2013
What will happen to Venezuela now that the caudillo is dead?
August 03, 2012
THE GREAT THEORIST Leszek Kolakowski once told the following parable: Two girls are racing in a park. The one behind cries at the top of her lungs, “I’m winning! I’m winning!” Suddenly, the girl in the lead quits the race and sobs into her mother’s arms: “There’s no way to beat her.
In the Shadow of the Patriarch
October 23, 2009
All dictators, from Creon onwards, are victims. --Gabriel García MárquezI.Many years later, in the course of writing his memoirs, Gabriel García Márquez was to remember that distant afternoon in Aracataca, in Colombia, when his grandfather set a dic
The Shah of Venezuela
April 01, 2009
The ideas that keep Hugo Chavez in power.
February 11, 2002
The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa translated by Edith Grossman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 404 pp., $25) "There are no limits to deterioration: it can always be worse." This observation by Alejandro Mayta, the disenchanted guerrilla fighter of Mario Vargas Llosa's novel The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, who returns to his birthplace after many years, freed of ghosts but devoid of hope, came to mind in March, 1990.