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圣地亚哥—“什么样的国家配什么样的领导人,”法国反革命分子约瑟夫·德梅斯特尔(Joseph de Maistre)嘲讽道。他错了。拉丁美洲口若悬河的煽动家和铁腕将军配不上拉丁美洲国家,但直到最近,他们常常把持着政府职位。


这一代务实主义者的老大哥上周逝世了。在这个领导人喜欢高谈阔论的大洲,20世纪90年代领导智利从独裁走向民主的埃尔文(Patricio Aylwin)是一个异类:他是一位轻声细语的教授,热爱研究更加艰深的行政法。他的遗产是一盏明灯,为拉丁美洲温和派领导人指出了想要成功必须怎么做。

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