In Politics if Not Art, Realism Trumps Magic for Mario Vargas Llosa

What he means by liberalism is free elections with no parties excluded, a judiciary independent enough to enforce democratic law over the ambitions of powerful individuals, freedom of expression for both the press and artists, an armed force concerned solely with protecting the country from external threats, equal rights for minorities and open capital markets. His ardent promotion of the last of these principles has earned him the label “neoliberal,” a term designed, Vargas Llosa writes, “to semantically devalue, with the corrosive weapon of derision, the doctrine that symbolizes, better than any other, the extraordinary advances that … freedom has made over the long course of human civilization.”

The rudimentary nature of his economic argument has not served him well. He acknowledges the danger “of powerful multinational companies operating, unrestrained, in all corners of the earth.” But his antidote is nothing more than a vague endorsement

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/books/review/mario-vargas-llosa-sabers-utopias-neighborhood.html

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