DR. ROBERTO SALINAS LEÓN

NEWS + ANALYSIS

IS IT STILL LIBERALISM’S HOUR IN LATIN AMERICA?

June 1, 2021 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

In April of last year, The Economist’s Bello column controversially proclaimed that it should be “Latin American liberalism´s hour.” Bello columnist Michael Reid meant a set of ideas emphasizing justice systems that check power and privilege; equality of opportunity before the law; tolerance instead of bigotry, and science instead of ideological “quackery.”

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THE INSTITUTIONS OF LIBERTY ARE THE REAL SOLUTION TO POVERTY IN LATIN AMERICA

February 1, 2021 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

“Together, we fight inequality to end poverty and injustice”— proudly declares Oxfam International. Like clockwork, the organization uses the World Economic Forum annual meetings to issue a predictable, if repetitive, communiqué that has become influential in policy circles around growth: sustainability issues and income inequality are the root causes of poverty across the world.

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AMLO AND THE “FOURTH TRANSFORMATION” IN MEXICO

December 3, 2019 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

According to Enrique Krauze, Mexico's prominent classical-liberal intellectual, new "winds of authoritarianism" are sweeping across Latin America, characterized by all-mighty caudillos who ascend to political power via democratic means, but who then seek to concentrate control over a tightly knit polity of order and moral virtue. At Cato.org, Roberto Salinas León looks at unique brand of authoritarianism ushered in by AMLO.

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PRO-MARKETS OR PRO-BUSINESS?

October 23, 2018 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

The question “should businessmen/women be pro-market or pro-business?” seems silly at best and confusing at worst. Yet, it is at the heart of a crucial public debate concerning the prospects of free markets and an open society—particularly in Latin American countries, where political authoritarianism and the myth of economic central planning have been the rule, rather than the exception. My own country, Mexico, [faced] this debate amid a very confrontational electoral episode, which [took] place on July 1st. And, sadly, the rhetoric of class warfare and the popular image of big business as being an integral part of the “mafia in power” are winning the day.

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AMLO—IS MEXICO HEADED BACK TOWARD THE ROAD TO SERFDOM?

August 29, 2018 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

On Dec. 1, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, better known as AMLO, will become the next President of Mexico for the six-year term of 2018-2024. His stunning victory represents a watershed moment in the nation’s transition to a modern democracy. AMLO won with almost 53 percent of the popular vote; and his party, Morena, was able to capture majorities in both legislative houses, in addition to securing control over a large handful of state governorships and state assemblies.

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