Thursday, September 4, 2008

Caudillos, Generalissimos, Supreme Protectors... When Will Latin America Change?

Authoritarian rulers like Chávez and the Castro family are no novelty in Latin America. They have been around for thousands of years (Mel Gibson may be less far from the truth in "Apocalypto" than some like to think). The messy history of the "Supreme Protector of the Peru-Bolivian Confederation," Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz y Calaumana, is exemplary.

Here is a deserved homage to his contributions to humanity: 10,000 Bolivian peso bills emblazoned with his effigy that ended their lives valued at only 1 cent of a boliviano (note the revaluation stamp), a case of money imitating life.

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