¡Alea jacta est!

Beatrice E. Rangel
Beatrice Rangel

With these words, Julius Caesar indicated to his followers that the die was cast and that Rome could do nothing but advance towards the construction of the empire, leaving the republic behind.

Today Latin America faces a similar challenge. International change has perforated the feudal structures that, fueled by monopoly capitalism, have existed for five centuries. Replacing them with institutions more in line with the desire for freedom and economic stability of their inhabitants is a task for enlightened leaders. And it seems that these are not abundant in the region. Because globalization demands new ways of doing politics and new institutions to channel the economy and politics, and this requires a special leadership capacity that inspires in the inhabitants of Latin America the desire to unite in a citizen front to build new institutions capable of preserve individual freedom and the free development of economic forces.

The substitution of medieval institutions for others that are in tune with this period of globalization poses a change of leadership. And it seems that the peoples of Latin America have come to that conclusion. The electoral contests have revealed to us an anti-establishment sentiment such as was only seen in the world at the dawn of the 1970s. Thus we have seen representatives of the political establishments that have directed regional destinies in the last four decades take off the stage.

The emerging leaderships, however, do not seem to fit the profile of a republic builder. In Chile we have a fiery young man, but often misinformed and with great limitations regarding the role his country plays in the world. In Peru there is Mr. Castillo who barely manages to designate a ministerial cabinet that deserves the confirmation of the congress. In Colombia, the two options in contention lack an overall vision and exhibit a very clear myopia in relation to the libertarian aspirations of the people. In Brazil it seems that we are going towards more of the same and in Argentina the emergence of an anti-system candidacy is already in sight. And although none of these figures will play the role of Julius Caesar, they will be the ones who pave the way for his arrival. Namely, The leaderships that are emerging will play a similar role in our history to that played by Tiberio Gracco in Rome. Everyone is condemned to start cleaning up the land so that someone who sows the new order arrives.

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