Corporativism is Alive and Well in Guatemala

Guatemala truly is a showcase of corporativism. The economy is run by about 15 players who determine market conditions at polo matches. Political parties are organized around the idea that the public treasury is the election bounty. Television radio and movie theatres are monopolized by a single powerful economic group that gets to decide what news is to be spread and what entertainment will prevail in the country. The military is partly penetrated by powerful economic interests and partly by organized crime. Court decisions can be commissioned — should the price be right.