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Beatrice Rangel: Surrealism Makes a Comeback in the Americas

By Beatrice E. Rangel

This past week would have delighted Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Andre Breton, whose lives were dedicated to "resolving the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality."

Everywhere in the Americas leadership responses to events triggered situations that led them closer to feared nightmares which were to be avoided at all costs.

In South America we have witnessed the persecution and expulsion of all Colombian residents in Venezuela, as Colombians have been accused of smuggling fixed-price goods and traffic drugs on the porous 2,219km (1,379-mile) border.

Venezuelan authorities surmised the thesis that paramilitary forces are infiltrating Bolivar’s nation to take over government. A blitzkrieg was thus launched in bordering cities with a view to extricate Colombians from their jobs, their homes and their properties.

No-one has, of course, stopped to think why anyone in his or her right senses would want to take over Venezuela.

Inflation surpasses that of Zimbabwe; debt has climbed to $95.1 billion and murder rates top casualties in war-ridden nations.

But the logics of surrealism mute such questions to impose the reign of fear over an exhausted population that survives scarcity, crime and abuse every day. Indeed this carefully staged plot aims at looks to create an incident that would justify suspending congressional elections in December, given that not even Smartmatic will be able to multiply fake pro-government ballots in a credible manner.

Meanwhile, Colombian authorities vowed to resolve the crisis “within the best spirit of collaboration among two sister nations.”

And while President Santos indicated that Colombia would not let Venezuela treat its citizens like dogs, President Maduro unabashedly responded that deportations would continue until economic crimes were brought to a halt.

This approach to economic policy fails to understand the logics of market forces that tend to push goods and services in the direction of best relative prices.

Price controls in Venezuela create a wonderful opportunity to improve people’s economic lot by means of moving goods to the country having realistic price levels. If President Maduro understood this, he would perhaps crackdown on his economic cabinet rather than on poor Colombians.

As ambassadors are recalled and trucks are sent to the border to help fleeing Colombians retain their possessions, a sizable portion of enraged voters are paralyzed -- because many Venezuelan citizens of Colombian descent were hereto staunch followers of President Hugo Chavez. The leader of the Bolivarian Revolution had gained their favor by means of instituting fast-track naturalizations that allowed most Colombians living in Venezuela to benefit from social programs. As a result they could send larger remittances to their relatives in Colombia while accessing medical care, jobs, education and housing in Venezuela.

But as economic conditions have turned dire these same citizens are finding it difficult to survive and impossible to send remittances. Accordingly, they were ready to express their disgust at the ballot boxes in December.
The sacking of this demographic has achieved two very important targets for the Bolivarian regime.

Terrorized citizens of Colombia will not go near a ballot box in December even if their lives depended on it. Closed borders will allow the regime to seize control of the multicurrency market accessing significant quantities of
tradable pesos. Pesos can be used as international means of payment. Bolivars cannot.

And while the Bolivarian regime slowly but surely moves closer to suffocating the path towards parliamentary elections, opposition in Colombia and Venezuela misses the opportunity to let the drama unfold and reveal the nakedness of the emperor.

In the U.S., surrealism took over the campaign trail with the spat between Jorge Ramos and Donald Trump.

By attempting to pose questions without having been given the floor, Mr. Ramos provided Mr Trump with yet another opportunity to hijack the news. Ramos was the perfect excuse for Trump to launch another tirade against what seems to be becoming another poster child for wrongdoing amongst the American people.

By means of indicating that U.S. Hispanics were going to prefer him because he would take away factories and economic growth from China and then proceeding to enumerate his personal list of Chinese mischiefs, Trump provoked an editorial in the Chinese leading news daily. And world attention followed. And the polls surged!! The law of unintended consequences at work. Or rather surrealism taking over !!

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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