[Marxism] Re: Ollanta Humala

Brian Shannon brian_shannon at verizon.net
Sun Apr 2 12:25:52 MDT 2006

> (I am inclined to back Humala to the hilt for no other reason that  
> he has
> gotten Mario Vargas Llosa's dander up.) —Louis

This is your personal April Fool's Day joke--a day late.

The first part reads like President Lindbergh in Philip Roth's "The  
Plot Against America" who wins the election and later confounds his  
liberal critics by barnstorming around the nation in his airplane.  
The rest leads like a prescription for the fascism that the fictional  
(and real-life) Lindbergh was associated with. Purify the nation.  
"Change Peru."

In his Postscript to the novel, Roth cites the following from Anne  
Morrow Lindbergh, who writes critically of the "strictly puritanical  
view at home that dictatorships are of necessity wrong, evil,  
unstable and no good can come of them."


> NY Times, April 2, 2006
> Nationalism and Populism Propel Front-Runner in Peru
> MOQUEGUA, Peru, March 28 — In a presidential campaign filled with
> symbolism, the front-runner here found a perfect image for his
> hard-charging crusade: on Tuesday, he jumped on a chestnut mare  
> and, with
> his followers sprinting behind him, galloped to the central plaza to
> promise to revolutionize this Andean country.

> "We nationalists are going to found a new country," said Mr.  
> Humala, a wiry
> man with close-cropped hair who campaigns in a red T-shirt that  
> says "Love
> for Peru."
> "Who is afraid of change?" he said. "Are the people afraid of  
> change? No!
> Those who are afraid are the ones in power because they know if the
> nationalists get to power, Peru will change."
> . . .
> "He's with the people," said Victor Herrera, 40, who was among the
> thousands who followed Mr. Humala on his recent swing through this  
> arid
> desert in southern Peru. "He's not like the other candidates, who  
> are with
> the big businessmen."
> . . .
> Indeed, Mr. Humala's popularity has not been hurt by the accusations,
> prompting Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru's most famous author, to  
> question the
> direction of the country's politics. "What is happening in the  
> country for
> such political, moral and cultural blindness to take hold?" Mr. Vargas
> Llosa, who lives in Spain, said on a recent trip to Peru. "Maintain
> democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at play in these  
> elections."
> A recent United Nations study of Peruvian opinions found that 73.5  
> percent
> of respondents believed that the country needed an authoritarian
> government. Mr. Humala seems to offer that kind of leadership.
> "We've lost our morals, and Ollanta, with his army background, is  
> the right
> person for the job," said Francisco Carvajal, 50, a laborer in Ilo,  
> another
> campaign stop. "I'd like to see him as president. The ones we've  
> had have
> been liars and thieves."

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