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Vargas Llosa

“WE HAVE TO USE a language that is absolutely clear, in which words have a crystal clear meaning, in which there is true ideological transparency.” What a strange thing for a writer to say. Those are the words of Mario Vargas Llosa, novelist and now candidate for Peru’s presidency, in the Lima magazine Caretas. What can it be, this “true ideological transparency”?

In recent years Vargas Llosa has become a neoconservative—or, rather, a neoliberal, as neocons are called everywhere but the U.S. His candidacy has received a great deal of attention, partly because he’s famous, partly because he speaks English (enabling him to be fatuously profiled on 60 Minutes), and partly because he can be linked (by the New York Times and others) to the cheery worldwide movement toward democracy, or, rather, toward free-market capitalism, in which we are all supposedly engaged. With perestroika in the USSR

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