The visit of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper to some countries of South America clearly shows that he's not as stuck as some of us want to believe on American economical policies.
Yesterday, Stephen Harper made a visit to some South American countries such as Chile, Peru and Colombia. Many of us would have expected him to act like George W. Bush's puppet by advocating an American-style hardcore capitalism. Hopefully, he didn't do it.
The visit of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper to some countries of South America clearly shows that he's not as stuck as some of us want to believe on American economical policies. He proved that the existence of Canada proves that there are other choices apart from American-style hardcore capitalism and Venezuelan radical socialism.
This should rather be a good lesson to Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela.
Just like most populists that we've seen in South America, Chavez just got elected because he seems so close to the population. Still, there's one thing that we need to remember about Chavez. His political discourse is empty, founded on demagoguery and it is as interesting as a grocery list.
No wonder why Chavez thinks he's such a wonderful genius with his "21rst century socialism"!
Unfortunately, his so-called "21rst century socialism" looks more like a 19th century socialism. First of all, old-school socialists stress on the importance for the state to take control of everything in the economy. Moreover, the idea of socialism is just an egalitarian utopia, because by averring that he's extremely close to low-class workers, Chavez rather encourages class warfare. In fact, you just have to think about his contempt for rich people.
Let's guess that being rich makes you a bad person!
Hopefully, Michelle Bachelet, the president of Chile, understands that there are some ways to combine socialism with theories of market economy. It's as simple as that: just consider the theoretical elements that are likely to please to everyone instead of dividing people because of their social background. What Harper should have said is that between two radical choices, Canada, Chile and some European countries represent international role models when it comes to dealing with the economy.
PS: Am I the only one who is surprised by the fact that Harper struck a free trade deal with Columbia? I guess not...