Posts by Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Alvaro Vargas Llosa is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute. His Independent books include Global Crossings, Liberty for Latin America, and The Che Guevara Myth.
The Berlin Wall Still Teaches Invaluable Lessons 30 Years After Its Fall


I would like to share with readers three lessons from the fall of the Berlin Wall. The first, what it teaches us about history. Historicists believe that history is teleologically guided by impersonal forces that shape things inexorably. Several thinkers, among them Karl Popper in The Open Society and its Enemies, debunked this theory...
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Erdoğan’s Mistake Is Worse Than a Crime


The famous quote mistakenly attributed to French Diplomat Talleyrand—“It is worse than a crime, it’s a mistake”—fits Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s attack on the Kurds in northeastern Syria perfectly. The defeat of the Syrian Kurds at the hands of the Turks, including the many casualties and tens of thousands of civilians who have...
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Africans on the Move: Impressions versus Facts


The real story of African migration has little to do with the headlines and everything to do with domestic dynamics that the outside world barely understands.

Trump’s Trade War Makes Us All Losers


The commercial war between the world’s superpower and the Chinese dictatorship has affected the U.S. economy, which has dropped from an annual rate of growth of 4 percent to 2 percent.

Greece’s New Leader Promises Free-Market Reforms


Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece’s new prime minister promises free-market reforms and is challenging Europe and the IMF on the issue of taxes.

Trump’s Mexican Poodle


A leader of Latin America’s anti-imperialist left turned into Washington’s docile poodle.

Will Corporate Debt Set Off the Next Financial Crisis?


Corporate debt was not one of the big culprits of the financial crisis a decade ago. But it might well be next time around.

Never Look Away: A Cinematic Masterpiece for Our Times


A deep theme of the film is the rebellion of the individual against all forms of oppressive ideology and political control.

Two Years After the UK’s Landmark Vote to Leave the European Union, Brexit Is a Farce


Brexit continues to revolve around a basic dilemma: to break up the United Kingdom or to break up Ireland.

Venezuela on the Brink


The wind of history seems to be carrying Venezuela towards victory, even though it is as yet unclear when.

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