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One should also look at the administrative structure for which the Peruvian government has to deal with these types of crisis. If the government were more decentralized, maybe the local government would have been able to retain the conflict and solve local problems before the national guards were called in. A more critical look at these types of ways to deal with crisis are necessary within Latin America.--

Comment to the New Statesman's Anguish, oil and the Amazon by Enrique Mendizabal

Walter Bagehot said...

A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.

A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.

A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

An ambassador is not s…