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Beatrice Rangel: About Uninformed Elites and Gullible Leaders

By Beatrice E. Rangel

As the U.S. Presidential campaign progresses, China continues to address economic deviations with the public policy tools designed by Laura Cha and the ALBA development model turns into tatters, cracks begin to flourish and grow between vision and aspirations of leaders and people.

Leaders seem to believe that about two decades of technology change has no bearing upon culture, civic behavior visions of the world and aspirations. Consequently, they carry on with concepts; demeanors; plots and scripts that taste mushy and smell soggy.

This is the case with the Republican party leadership whose stern belief on the popular unsustainability of Donald Trump’s candidacy has led them to expect he will soon wither way under the weight of adverse opinion polls. As things are evolving, Americans seem to believe more in Mr. Trump than any of his peers -- 55% say that they trust Trump more than any of his rivals.

On immigration, a forceful 44% support Mr. Trump’s views on illegal immigrants and 32% believe that he would far better suited to deal with ISIS THAN ANY OTHER U.S. LEADER. This means not only that Mr Trump is by no means going to give up on his quest for the White House but also that he might meet his target.

In Venezuela, opposition leaders as well as well-meaning international actors think that the current degree of government blindness, mismanagement and ineptitude prevailing in Venezuela is going to produce a massive rejection of the Bolivarian leadership.

National Assembly elections would then -- according to this flock of Hans Christian Andersen followers -- be defined by a huge turnout, strong government rejection and a transparent ballot count. The Bolivarian crowd will then quietly and meekly march towards the power exit door. Nowhere in the analysis seem to be factors that could reverse this triumphant march towards democracy.

These, of course, are:
  • The army of armed Gremlins known as Colectivos that terrorize the poor, the middle income and the rich from getting anywhere near a ballot center;
  • The absolute and total ignorance by everyone that is not part of the Venezuelan state apparatus of who or what makes the voters registry;
  • The lack of means for opposition parties and organizations to establish an effective ballot counting brigade that covers all voting polls.

Under these circumstances it will be rather easy for the propaganda machine created by the Caracas masters of information manipulation to ‘build” an opinion matrix to the effect that the government has overcome the right-wing challenge through strong ideological convictions on the part of the Venezuelan people which, of course, lead to a razor thin victory by the Bolivarian crowd.

And given the penetration this machine has over well established and respected media such as the Huffington Post, Le Monde Diplomatic, The Morning Star and The Guardian, by 14:00 Hrs. on December the 6th such persuasion will envelope the world. And there we shall witness the crash of the soft landing theory as a low intensity war takes over Venezuela.

Meanwhile, in Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos proudly tweeted that his government had adopted state of the art technology to detect corruption. The system known as Converus reads subjects’ eyes to identify pulsations that are correlated to lies.

By applying this methodology to public servants, the Colombian government is aiming at identifying corrupt mandarins and extricating them from public service. Needless to say that corruption pros will take courses at Actors Studios to manipulate their “regarde” and that technology, by no means, substitutes rule of law which is the only safe, terminal and effective way to eliminate corruption. Otherwise the corruption establishment manages to establish itself and win over the fight to control the state.

This has been the case of Venezuela where many moons ago a bright group of top level public servants thought corruption could be eliminated by means of restricting military secret to weapons and communication systems acquisitions, cleaning the registry for public contractors and bringing down a tariff wall longer and sturdier than the Great Wall of China. All of them are now living abroad for about two decades, as the corruption alliance brought the government down.

Perhaps hemispheric elites need sobering up to new realities and need to search for real transformational tools so that they stop going on in strange paradoxes: deciding to be undecided, resolving to be irresolute, demanding drifts, being solid for fluidity and all-powerful for impotence -- as Winston Churchill said of European elites facing the ascent of the Third Reich.

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.

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Beatrice Rangel: On the Discreet Charm of Commodities for Latin America

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