Uruguay’s President Drives An ’87 Beetle and Donates His Paycheck To Charity. Could He Save The International Left?

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  1. AnonymousDog says:

    So leftists can advocate all the statist, authoritarian, freedom-denying politics they want, so long as they live a humble lifestyle?

    • Paul Blest says:

      I’m not entirely sure how a guy whose term has been marked by legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, and expansion of womens’ rights can be characterized as “freedom-denying”, but be that as it may, Mujica has a chance to be a figure for the left like Reagan and Thatcher were for the right and like Ron Paul has been for libertarians. Even if you don’t agree with a single word he says, his personal story and approach to politics resonates with people who are sick of politics-as-usual. The biggest obstacle, of course, is obvious – why would your average American or Western European give a shit about Uruguay and its’ president? But I think a guy who lives simply, donates most of his money to charity, and seems to truly love and serve the people he represents is an anomaly in a world where the perception of politicians as a group, left and right, is so incredibly low and has been for many years now.

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