The “Lost Cause” is an ideological movement that romanticizes the Confederate cause as a heroic fight against great odds. The Lost Cause ideology seeks to highlight the alleged virtues of the antebellum South; it portrays the Civil War as an honorable struggle in defense of the Southern way of life.
My interest here is to describe capitalism as an attitude. That is, as a mental state connecting a person to a proposition. One easy conclusion would be to echo the judgement attributed to Winston Churchill that: “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.” Today’s youth rejects capitalism without a clear idea of what should replace it. These young protesters are capitalists; they just do not know it yet.
My interest here is to describe capitalism as an attitude. That is to say, as a mental state connecting a person to a proposition. An easy conclusion would be to repeat the criterion attributed to Winston Churchill that "if a man is not a socialist at the age of 20, he has no heart. If he's not conservative at 40, he has no brains. " Today's young people reject capitalism without a clear idea of what should replace it. These young people who protest are capitalists: although they do not know it yet.
The fate of Venezuela is probably in the hands of Juan Guaidó. He is a 35-year old National Assembly deputy. He was named president of the National Assembly, which is something like winning a tiger in a raffle. He has become, de facto, the interim president of the country, since Nicolás Maduro’s presidency is totally illegitimate. Venezuela, then, has two presidents. One legitimate and constitutional, which is Juan Guaidó, and the other absolutely fraudulent: Nicolás Maduro
Mr Maduro of Venezuela decided to emulate a character of 17th century English nursery rhymes and placed himself on a wall high above the rest of his people and the world. Mr Maduro clearly thinks that Venezuela can survive in autarky, as he seems not to care about increasing US sanctions against him
Congressman Juan Guaido is the Transitory President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The first and very appropriate measure of President Guaido has been to call on “the Venezuelan people, the Armed Forces, and the international community to achieve the effective conformation of the transitional government.” We cannot ill-afford to leave the Transitory President of Venezuela, alone and exposed, and time is of-essence. We must contribute to “the effective conformation of a transitional government
"In seeking for yet another term, Mr. Morales was violating a basic tenet of the Tacanas, power sharing. He was also pushing for oil and gas extraction in protected areas and proposing hydroelectric dams that would displace native communities.” Mr Morales fails to represent the Tacanas vision of governance and leadership. “We don’t consider him indigenous her. He has turned his back on us.”
Americas’ democracy is confronting a well-structured Transnational Criminal Organization, an enemy who seeks global allies in crime and terrorism to sustain itself. We can no longer afford to continue treating Cuba’s dictatorship disengaged from what is happening in and with the dictatorships in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia and vice-versa. Whoever makes a mistake in identifying the enemy will be defeated.
By organized criminal group, it shall be understood to be a structured group of three or more persons that exists during a certain time and deliberately acts for the purpose of committing one or more serious crimes, or those crimes listed under this present convention, with the intent to gain, directly or indirectly, a financial or other benefit or material gain”.
2018 ends with Latin America trapped between hope and despair. Hope is nurtured by the change of guard in Brazil which seems to be biased in favor of freedom. Another source of hope is the fragmentation process that is beginning to affect the Cuban Gerontocratic leadership.