Nicolò Tassoni Estense
Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro, Evo Morales and other Bolivarian leaders of 21st century socialism in Latin America have each adapted the ideology of their founding hero, Simon Bolivar, to suit their own political agendas. But these dangerous semantic twists have led to catastrophic results in the region, and left a vacant political framework.
The conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera’s election victory is part of a wider regional trend reshaping the political geography of Latin America. His challenge is to transform the productive model of the country’s economy based primarily on raw material exports.