The Kirchners are Losing Their Boots
A great part of third-world politics is decided by who controls the territory in which people live and work. Who has the network of contacts and logistics, the local trust or the simple brute force to be the formal or informal dominant organization in those places. It can be the church, the landlords, the drug cartels, a peasant movement, NGO’s with shady financial backers, international corporations, different kinds of mafia, a democratic political party if you're lucky or a perpetually negotiated combination of the above.
That's why when looking at Latin America you can't really say that a group has any real power if it hasn't consolidated some form of boots-on-the-ground control over the territory it's supposed to be ruling over. As proof of that, just compare the Chavistas' degree of territorial control in Venezuela with what happened to Paraguay's ousted president Fernando Lugo. What was the reason for their different fates?
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