Bluma Zeigarnik entered immortality through her study of memory. Born in Lithuania and a Soviet citizen Ms Zeigarnik discovered that human beings are more likely to remember incomplete tasks than successfully accomplished tasks. This finding has reigned supreme in the entertainment industry when it comes to launching series . All episodes are ;eft incomplete so as to feed viewers pulling towards the next episode. But the Zeigarnik effect so brilliantly exploited by Netflix also impacts the world of politics. Indeed, just as we tend to go back and remember all unfinished businesses particularly if they hinder a happy ending such as the Duke of Hastings tying the knot with Daphne Bridgerton the world also gets a better view of events when they are far from accomplished.
The unconstitutional, abusive and unlawful arrest of the former president of Bolivia Jeannine Anez brings to the forefront one such unfinished business. In 2019 Ms Anez became interim president of Bolivia after a civic society revolt against an scandalous electoral fraud perpetrated by then President Evo Morales. After weeks pf unrest and 30 deaths Mr Morales flew away from Bolivia having resigned to the Presidency. The Vice President, the President and Vice president of the Senate and the Speaker of the House all resigned. Ms Anez was Vice President number four of the senate. As per constitutional mandate she had to head the state up and until there were elections. Given that electoral authorities had been part of the fraud attempt that led to the civil unrest and to the Mr Morales resignation the task in front of Ms Anez was institutional restructuring. She had to rebuild the electoral authority and blow away the authoritarian bomb shells placed by Morales and his party throughout Bolivia’s institutional framework. These bomb shells were the insurance policy created by Morales to secure uninterrupted control of the Bolivian state.
In stead of addressing the task Ms Anez succumbed to temptation of becoming the next president. A clear lack of understanding of her historic role in rescuing Bolivian democracy from the tentacles of authoritarianism prompted Ms Anez to jump into the electoral fray. That not only contributed to the already severe fragmentation of democratic political forces but also left the structures of the authoritarian state intact , safe and sound. Under such conditions the return of Morales was clearly warranted.
And as Morales seizes the Bolivian state through a new cast of political actors authoritarianism not only is armor-plated but will proceed to total take over through what Marxists describe as the soft means of the super structure. That is through the reinvention of the country’s history by means of retelling it and changing its narrative. This task demands the concrete presence of enemies that can be shown, humiliated and disfranchised . Jeannine Anez is set to play such leading role. And most probably must be now thinking how fullish it was of herself was to leave behind an unfinished business