The Animalfarmification of Our Politics

“No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?”

Univisión’s Manuel Rueda is on the case,

Imagine the following script: A wildly popular leader of a tropical country wins an election and then heads to a foreign country for cancer treatment. He fails to utter a word in public for over a month as he fights to recover from a surgical procedure, and misses the inauguration for his fourth consecutive term in office.

In the meantime, one of his most loyal aides takes over the country, ruling on behalf of the dear leader. He starts to make decisions for the leader, like cutting some social programs and devaluing the country’s currency to pay for its bloated debt.

Day after day passes without anyone hearing from the leader, as his most loyal aid continues to make decisions in his name. Those who ask for proof that the leader is actually alive face threats and repression from the state. They are accused of inciting social discord and disrespecting the leader’s right to medical privacy.

This could turn out to be a decent book plot. Throw some talking pigs in there, a hard working horse and winged creatures, and we could have a sequel to George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” on our hands.

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  1. Carlos Fuetes’ Artemio Cruz also comes to mind. (Now I’m going to get hammered by another latin american literature scholar on this blog…)

  2. Chavez coming back? Pffffft. In a box, maybe, or nearly.
    My money’s on Farnsworth’s opinion:
    “If they don’t tell the status of the president, it’s awfully difficult for there to be a credible election, because no one can prepare for an election, if you don’t know when it’s going to be … This is another way to game the system in Venezuela to overtly favor one side over the other, and that’s completely what’s going on here.”

    One way or another, I’m horrified. Today was Jaua’s annointment. I think there are more appointments to come.

  3. (Offtopic, maybe…) But I would love to read a post from CC analyzing the disastrous state of the opposition right now, where even Voluntad Popular is off the “Autobus del Progreso” and clearly attacking HCR stands. When this is the real time to be united, oppo seems to be more fractioned than ever.

  4. More Big Brother than Comrade Napoleon. Nobody saw him personally, yet he was in all media all the time with his face plastered around. Though I was hesitant on bring it up since comparing situations to 1984 is almost a Godwin’s Law on its own.


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