Getting It (At Least Somewhat) Right on Robertson and Latin America: The RTD Has a Decent Day at the Office

Monday’s Times-Dispatch includes two noteworthy editorials which deserve some positive note. The first is its endorsement of councilwoman Ellen Robertson’s efforts to regulate and ensure accountability for mayoral commissions. Robertson’s proposal to ensure basic oversight and accountability for such commissions is a worthy effort to promote transparency in government, and might even help spare the Wilder regime from the embarrassment of a future scandal.

Also noteworthy is the editorial titled “Latin America.” Noting the marked trend toward the left in recent elections in the regions, the RTD expresses regret at the failure of “classical liberalism” to take root in the region.  But it does acknowledge that the recent trends has taken place through democratic elections, and that the recent success of the left has much to do with the failure of neoliberalism to deliver the goods in ending poverty and raising living standards.

The RTD claims that that failure has more to do with local corruption than the bankruptcy of neoliberal economic policies. I disagree, but we can save that discussion for another day. For now, credit the paper for showing the ability to talk about a broad political trend it doesn’t like without descending into hysterics.

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Published in: on December 18, 2006 at 3:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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