Latin America wants to imitate the Bukele method. It is not a good idea

In the midst of the security crisis that is plaguing Latin America, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has become a success that almost reaches 90% approval in his country. His policies have made him the most popular leader in the region, according to the latest Latinobarómetro, and quite a few want a local Bukele in his government. Someone who fights crime with the same success as the repression against the gangs in El Salvador. And many politicians have seen these demands as a way to gain followers or come to power.

There are multiple examples. In Honduras and Guatemala, neighbors of El Salvador with similar problems of violence, President Xiomara Castro and former candidate Sandra Torres have alluded to the Bukele method to combat murders and extortion. The anarcho-capitalist Javier Milei in Argentina, the former far-right candidate José Antonio Kast in Chile and figures of Uribism in Colombia have also joined the wave. But these promises, which put security above all else, have come about because of the specific nature of the Salvadoran case and at the cost of a democratic rupture that other countries cannot afford.

A response to the regional violence crisis…