Is freedom brewing in Latin America? Many signs point to ‘yes’

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When we read about Latin America, the news is often focused on dysfunction at the U.S.-Mexico border and the waves of immigrants crossing it. The “border crisis” tends to grab the most headlines.

While immigration is a policy challenge that deserves attention, it is actually downstream from a separate question: Why can’t Latin American countries offer enough economic opportunity to keep their citizens thriving at home?

This question defies an easy explanation, but one contributing factor is the “pink tide” ideological revolution that began a quarter-century ago with Hugo Chavez’s ascent to power in Venezuela. Chavez contended that this movement, also called “21st-century socialism,” would sweep across the Western Hemisphere and usher in a new era of equality and shared prosperity.

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