Jon Lee Anderson and Donald Trump's Election "some societies look for caudillistas figures to return to black and white, when everything turns gray"

November 17, 2016
Communications Colunga Foundation

NOVEMBER 17, 2016

A meeting with The New Yorker chronicler, Jon Lee Anderson, was held at ColungaHub on Monday, November 14, who visited the country in the context of his participation in the sixth edition of the Festival Puerto de Ideas de Valparaíso.

The conversation, moderated by journalist Consuelo Saavedra, focused on the presidential election of Donald Trump in the United States, and on the phenomena of Brexit in Europe and the failed peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the Farc in Latin America.

For Jon Lee Anderson, the election of Donald Trump in the United States, as well as the Brexit in the United Kingdom and the voting of the non-Colombia have a common component, and that "the most conservative society in each country or privileged, is rejecting the notions of pluralistic and colorful societies ", he emphasized.

On the presidential election of Donald Trump, Jon Lee emphasizes that "there is an atmosphere in which some societies look for caudillistas figures to return to the black and white, when everything turns gray, because the people feel fear of it". At the same time, he stressed that the Republican candidate used a speech that went deep in many voters: "Trump was able to read the hidden fears of people and get them afloat, and say what people do not dare to say, or that at least no sensible politician would say. He understood that there was much hidden resentment and released him in a certain way. What worries me most is the racism that has unleashed, "concluded the American writer.

About Jon Lee Anderson

The journalist of American nationality began his career in Peru in 1979, as a member of the weekly newspaper The Lima Times; and since then he has specialized in Latin American politics, developing an important school in research and writing profiles, and even publishing books on Fidel Castro, Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Pinochet, Charles Taylor, Iyad Allawi, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Saddam Hussein and Hugo Chávez.

Already as writer of the prestigious weekly, The New Yorker, he has reported numerous armed conflicts in the world, including those of Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia, Sudan, Mali and Liberia; and has delved into the different realities of Latin America and the Caribbean by writing about the gangs of Rio de Janeiro, the Panama Canal, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the barrios of Caracas.

Lee Anderson is the author of several books, including The Lion's Tomb: Parts of War from Afghanistan (2002); War Zones: voices from the killing fields of the world (1987); Guerrillas (1992), about the guerrillas in El Salvador, Western Sahara, Gaza, Afghanistan and Burma; Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life (1997), one of the most important biographies of Ernesto Guevara; and Inside the League (1986), on the Anti-Communist World League financed by the United States; among others. He has also written several articles for the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, El País, Harper's, Time, The Nation, Life, Le Monde, Diario Clarin and El Espectador.

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