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dimarts, 20 de desembre de 2016

Aznar rompe con Rajoy

José María Aznar renuncia a la Presidencia de honor del PP y se mantendrá únicamente como militante. El ex presidente ha hablado esta mañana por teléfono con Mariano Rajoy y se lo ha comunicado personalmente. Aznar ha volcado sus razones en una carta que también ha remitido a Rajoy y que ha colgado en su página web [lea la misiva en PDF]. El ex dirigente popular no acudirá al congreso que el PP celebra en febrero. "He participado en todos los congresos del Partido Popular desde 1979. Será la primera vez que no lo haga, y, por lo tanto, quiero expresar mis mejores deseos de éxito en tan importante cita", asegura.

En su misiva justifica su decisión en la "nueva situación" de Faes, que el pasado 1 de octubre firmó su desvinculación del partido. La "independencia" de la formación, explica, lo "aconseja". "Ningún patrono de Faes ocupa cargo alguno, ni tan siquiera honorífico, en ninguna formación política. Como presidente de Faes no deseo ser una excepción".

Facsímil de la carta que Aznar ha remitido a Rajoy

El futuro del liberalismo: cómo dar sentido a 2016

THE ECONOMIST.- What is more, liberals have something to offer societies struggling with change. In the 19th century, as today, old ways were being upended by relentless technological, economic, social and political forces. People yearned for order. The illiberal solution was to install someone with sufficient power to dictate what was best—by slowing change if they were conservative, or smashing authority if they were revolutionary. You can hear echoes of that in calls to “take back control”, as well as in the mouths of autocrats who, summoning an angry nationalism, promise to hold back the cosmopolitan tide.

Liberals came up with a different answer. Rather than being concentrated, power should be dispersed, using the rule of law, political parties and competitive markets. Rather than putting citizens at the service of a mighty, protecting state, liberalism sees individuals as uniquely able to choose what is best for themselves. Rather than running the world through warfare and strife, countries should embrace trade and treaties.

Such ideas have imprinted themselves on the West—and, despite Mr Trump’s flirtation with protectionism, they will probably endure. But only if liberalism can deal with its other problem: the loss of faith in progress. Liberals believe that change is welcome because, on the whole, it is for the better. Sure enough, they can point to how global poverty, life expectancy, opportunity and peace are all improving, even allowing for strife in the Middle East. Indeed, for most people on Earth there has never been a better time to be alive.