Beleaguered Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro may be able — or not — to remain in power for the remainder of his term, but Venezuela’s influence elsewhere in Latin America seems to be diminishing as rapidly as the country’ s dwindling foreign reserves.
But the most intriguing view I got during a visit there last week was of something else: the changed gay-rights landscape and its implications for the Republican Party.
Watching a newly released map of Internet freedoms around the world, I couldn’t help being surprised by the fact that Latin America’s two biggest countries, Brazil and Mexico, are described as only “partly free.”
When I interviewed Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa last week, I was most surprised by his renewed optimism about Latin America, and by his confidence that Chavismo — the region’s authoritarian populist movement — is rapidly losing ground.
To paraphrase Einstein, you can't solve a problem using the same type of thinking that created it. When you consider this bit of wisdom alongside the scale of the problems we're facing around the world, it's clear that our current model of leadership sorely needs a refresh.