This is our final tribute to the Iron Lady. Her passion for
individual freedom and her determination to carry out her vision will continue
to inspire our political philosophy. Like the people of Eastern Europe whose
liberation from totalitarianism she helped to accomplish, we say thank you.
"The full accounting of how my political
work affected the lives of others is something we will only know on Judgement
Day. It is an awesome and unsettling thought. But it comforts me to think that
when I stand up to hear the verdict, I will at least have the people of the
Church of the Holy Cross [in Warsaw] in court as character witnesses." -M.T.
Few political figures in
Britain have provoked such strong reactions –both positive and negative– as former
Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. There are times when confrontation
in a country’s political process is required to generate needed change, whereas
in other occasions compromise is the more convenient path. The former certainly
describes the times in which Margaret Thatcher took the reins of power as the
first female Prime Minister of a...
don’t tend to make endorsements on by-elections and other minor elections, we
have decided to express our view regarding tomorrow’s Eastleigh by-election in
the United Kingdom. Unlike other by-elections, this one could have a bigger
impact on British politics, the future of the Liberal-Conservative Coalition
and the future of both, the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats.
It is no
surprise by now that we like the current Coalition Governmen...
to the polls on Sunday and Monday amidst a difficult economic scenario at home
and in the Eurozone. While the reforms taken by current Prime Minister Mario
Monti to sort out the country’s fiscal crisis have had a positive effect –although
much remains to be done on that front–, he has failed to put together a broad
coalition to win the election and has decided to pander to socially
conservative segments of Italian society.
Ecuadorians go to the polls today to choose a president and members
of the National Assembly. As is widely expected, President Rafael Correa
appears all but certain to secure another term in office due to the opposition’s
atomization and inability to coalesce around a single challenger. In spite of this
fact, we urge those Ecuadorians who believe in freedom to reject Mr. Correa and
vote for an opposition party.
During his 6 years in power, Mr. Correa has been able to
Even when a Netanyahu victory and what’s worst, a possible
far-right coalition with Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party, seems all but
guaranteed, we feel the need to encourage Israeli voters to reject the
extremism and war-mongering that such a government would espouse. The future of
Israel’s prosperous democracy is at stake and the viability of a two-state
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in danger. Moreover, Mr. Netanyahu... Continue reading...
Four years ago, America made history –once again– by electing
its first African American president in the midst of a deep financial and
confidence crisis. Four years later, an America still worried about its future
and its pocket –although no longer in a deep crisis– goes to the polls to choose
between two men with two very different visions for the country. We believe
President Obama’s vision is far
superior to that of his Republican challeng...
Our endorsement for the Venezuelan presidential election
Venezuelans go to the polls on Sunday to choose between six
more years of ‘chavismo’ or a new
beginning. After years of non-competitive presidential elections since Hugo Chávez
came to power, this is the first time an opposition candidate has a real chance
to defeat the South American autocrat and his authoritarian regime. Chávez’s
Capriles Radonski, was selected as the presidential candidate of the
Our endorsement for
Mexico’s presidential election
Mexico goes to the polls tomorrow to choose a new president.
While none of the main candidates can be described as “liberal,” we believe that
there is one option that, at least, would respect Mexico’s free democratic
institutions. That option is Josefina
Vázquez Mota, from the conservative National Action Party (PAN), which currently governs Mexico under President Felipe Calderón.
Ms. Vázquez Mota is far from ideal and we disag...
Our endorsements for Thursday’s London mayor and local elections in Britain
On Thursday, Londoners will go to the polls to choose a new mayor (or to re-elect the current occupant of City Hall). Judging by his record during the last four years –and taking into account that, in reality, this is a two-way contest–, we believe the Conservative Boris Johnson deserves another term as Mayor of London. Despite his sometimes mercurial personality, Mr Johnson has proved to be a good mayor. We...