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Vota y verás.

Reflexiones de Pepe Mujica

9781946071187
124 pages
Syncretic Press Llc
Overview
En Estados Unidos, cuatro de cada diez ciudadanos habilitados para votar no participan en las elecciones presidenciales. De los seis que sí votan, tres votan en contra del presidente electo. En definitiva, el presidente llega al gobierno porque lo votan tres de cada diez ciudadanos. En las elecciones legislativas de midterm, estas proporciones son aun más alarmantes: seis de cada diez ciudadanos no participan y, de los cuatro que sí lo hacen, dos votan en contra del candidato elegido. En este caso, la Cámara de Representantes en su totalidad y un tercio del Senado responden a la “voluntad popular” de dos ciudadanos de cada diez. En este contexto es que fuimos a buscar a José Pepe Mujica, presidente de Uruguay durante el período 2010-2015 y considerado el “presidente más pobre del mundo”. A través de su experiencia como activista, revolucionario, preso político, legislador y presidente, Mujica ayuda a ver la política de una manera distinta. Nos invita a reflexionar sobre el poder que tiene el individuo cuando vota. Sobre el poder que pierde cuando no participa. Sobre la importancia de poder decir que uno, al menos, lo ha intentado.

In the United States, the president comes to power essentially because three out of every ten citizens vote for him. Of the remaining seven, four do not vote and three vote against him. In the midterm elections, these figures are even more drastic: the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate answer to the “popular will” of just two out of every ten citizens. It is with this backdrop that we sought out José “Pepe” Mujica, President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015 and labeled as “the poorest president in the world” during his presidency. Through the lens of his experience as an activist, revolutionary, political prisoner, legislator, and president, Mujica helps us view politics in a different way. He invites us to reflect on the power an individual can wield by voting. On the power an individual forfeits by not participating in elections. On the importance of at least being able to say you tried.

Author Bio
Darío Klein is an award-winning journalist who has been a correspondent and chief editor for major news agencies and networks such as AFP and CNN. He has covered a wide range of international news stories, from the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis to Hurricane Katrina, and is currently a correspondent for CNN en Español in Uruguay and co-director of the online journal www.sudestada.com.uy. Klein has directed and produced documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and CNN. He has received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the NAMIC Vision Award. He holds a PhD in Investigative Journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is a professor at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay.