In the middle of last winter, South American leftists joined in the celebration of the “new socialism.” Pedro CastilloWho had just defeated a center-right coalition to be elected President of Peru.
Brazil, Squid He saw a symbolic message in Castillo’s victory: “This represents another milestone in the popular struggle for our beloved Latin America.”
Dilma Rousseff added: “His victory on the far right is an inspiration to the progressive forces in Latin America. Castillo represents the hope of Peruvian peasants, indigenous peoples and workers. “
At 52, Castillo was able to revive the menu of ideas worshiped by Latin leftists since the 1960s.
He starred in a small straw hat, ponchos and flip-flops made from old tires, with a general history and “socialist” rhetoric that sees the world as a paradise promised to the poor who hate the rich.
He comes from a peasant life in the Peruvian province of Takamba, thousands of kilometers from the capital, a place that can only be reached by boat or plane, where misery burns around the gold mines, a symbol of colonial capitalism.
In Lima, he sold popsicles before taking a job as a teacher in the public elementary school system. He rose to politics through militancy in the unity of teachers in the Public Basic Education Network. He came to the presidency as an underdog, an efficient slogan (“no longer poor in rich countries”) and an official program that outlines Peruvians in politics outlining a Paleolithic future for Peru.
These included the establishment of a “people’s economy” regime and the promise of a new constitution to eradicate neo-liberalism – the “enemy”; Total nationalization; 80% distribution of profits of multinational companies; And, the “distribution among the people” of the country’s foreign exchange reserves, estimated at US $ 68 billion in June last year.
Everything went wrong. Castillo has spent the last eight months changing teams. It has already replaced 46 ministers, one every ten days. He is in his fourth ministry (19 members), he has already announced his fifth ministry and still has four months left to complete the first year of his term.
The inability to do government work has provoked a crisis due to institutional disrespect exacerbated by corruption cases published in the Peruvian version of Operation Car Wash. Four former presidents are under investigation for taking bribes from Brazilian construction companies – one committed suicide before being arrested, another was arrested and a third is on trial. Peru’s unrest has been fueled by rising food and fuel prices, the highest in two decades.
Yesterday, Castillo had an idea, wearing a presidential sash and calling a national radio and television network: “We are proposing the use of chemical castration as one of the toughest measures against rapists. The proposal will be formalized in the coming days and we hope that the Congress will not turn away from the anger of the people. “
The leader of the “new socialism”, the famous representative of Latin America’s “advancing the popular struggle”, has shown himself that he has always been conservative.
It is only surprising that Castillo, in the name of the old “class struggle”, chose the path of self-deception about the Peruvian extremists of traditionalism who, among other aspects of social debate, oppose the liberalization of same-sex marriage and abortion.
Yesterday, around Lula and Dilma, some people were overwhelmed with confusion. They were even more surprised when they learned that an angry representative of “Farmer Hope” had been inspired by a proposal for a law on chemical emissions, introduced nine years ago in the Brasilia Chamber.
She was Zaire Balsonaro Author of the project (nº 5398/2013) which has finally been archived Two years ago, at the request of Unio Brazil, it was rescued and resubmitted by Elisar Giro Monteiro Filho, also known as General Zero in Rio Grande do Norte (nº 4239/20).
Castillo, the socialist whose election was hailed in Brazil as a “breath of fresh air for progressive power,” embraced the “myth” of the green-yellow right on the radical traditional political agenda over tradition.
Balsonaro will visit him in Lima next winter. If Castillo is still president.