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The Stupid Latin American Syndrome in the North

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They were all attacked with the same speech: “vote for us, we’ll give you free stuff! we will take from the rich to give to the poor”; the argument from various sides of the Democratic Party spread, some were more radical than others: “we will achieve equality, we will apply social and racial justice, the rich will pay, you will not have to make any more effort, the State will alleviate all your problems”, and in the most extreme corner of the blues some dared to shout: “we are going to abolish capitalism!

It is the same story, repeated, recycled, but in a certain way also reinvented, with different actors, in another territory, with different languages, other approaches and ways of dealing with it, but always with the same end: class struggle, segregation, socialism, annulment of the individual. It has worked in the last hundred years to take power and subdue the population, why change?   

Millions of Latin Americans have experienced this tragic situation in their countries of origin in the past, they had to flee, leaving their families and homes behind; The redistribution of wealth – the subtraction of resources from some to give to others – ended up impoverishing everyone except the rulers and their group of friends, and all it achieved was to subject the citizens to the designs of the new monarchy – the rulers of the left in power – those who use political power to subdue and hold on to economic power, and to live as kings of the resources they subtract from the citizens through taxation, confiscation or expropriation.

The Latin American who is stupid in a good percentage is ceasing to be so, attracted in the past by this revanchist discourse has learned its lesson, it no longer wants to be treated as incapable, useless, a parasite of the ruling class, now it wants to rise up. The new Hispanic who has migrated and hates to feel at the mercy of the politicians of the moment, does not care about the labels of oppressed, does not want a welfare state that solves everything, he only wants to have freedoms: economic, political, religious, without governments that want to impose a way of thinking on them, without officials administering their money and telling them where they can work and where not, and which hospitals or schools they can go to and which not.

In the big American media they wonder in disarray why Latinos have been abandoning the Democratic project, for them it is incomprehensible that they cannot hold on to them with empty promises of free dreams without any effort; they have looked down on them for years, they have treated them almost as an inferior race incapable of thinking for themselves: “You’re not black if you don’t vote for me,” Biden said of African Americans, with the same contempt they have for Latinos, they basically feel they have the moral authority to tell members of different American communities how they should behave, what values they should embrace and who they can vote for, but the chains are already being broken.

Many Hispanics abhor paternalistic states, because they have understood that the path to individual responsibility is the one that generates the greatest benefits for all.

In demographic terms, the Latino is still “a minority,” but it is the most predominant “minority,” with approximately 60 million people, and a leadership that no longer wants to be in the passenger seat, but rather to take the wheel, start the largest companies in the country and even make it to the White House. 

It has been a long and difficult road, it is an unequal battle with opposing media and a difficult narrative to overcome. How do you convince people that it is better for them to earn their own livelihood than to expect the state to give it to them? It’s complicated, you can’t sing victory either, much less ignore how paternalistic discourse continues to raise passions. Despite the fact that the Democrats lost ground in the current elections to the Republicans’ discourse of freedom and individual responsibility, they continue to lead the Latino vote in the country. In Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas, the Blues won, with the exception of specific communities, such as Cubans and Venezuelans in Florida.

Nevertheless, the future for this community is quite promising; Latin Americans are getting tired of being the stupidest in history, of being run over by the rulers and of feeding the bureaucrats with their work; no more paternalism, no more empty promises of equalizing individuals by force, no more inefficient assistentialism that instead of solving problems multiplies them and makes them last forever.

It is time to stop being a stupid Latin American led like a lamb by the shepherd of the State, it is time to take the reins of our own lives, to learn, to undertake, to make mistakes, to try again, to make mistakes again, and finally to win.

Emmanuel Rincón is a lawyer, writer, novelist and essayist. He has won several international literary awards. He is Editor-at-large at El American // Emmanuel Rincón es abogado, escritor, novelista y ensayista. Ganador de diversos premios literarios internacionales. Es editor-at-large en El American

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