What Uruguay Can Teach Us

By Brian Winter

It’s far from perfect. But Latin America’s strongest democracy offers many lessons, including the value of a strong social safety net, writes AQ’s editor-in-chief from Montevideo.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on Uruguay | Leer en español | Ler em português Listen to this story read by the author by clicking the play button above. MONTEVIDEO — It was a scene that inspired admiration, and no small amount of envy, all over Latin America. At the January 1 inauguration of Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, not one but three presidents from Uruguay were in attendance: the current leader, Luis Lacalle Pou, as well as former presidents José “Pepe” Mujica (2010–15) and...

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