La traidora clase media [230113]


Cogí un taxi en la zona de espera de taxis del centro comercial San Marino. Por prudencia. Se siguen produciendo suficientes delitos de secuestro exprés al salir de los centros comerciales. Las noticias caen con cuentagotas pero se suceden de vez en cuando, por eso es preferible tomar un taxi en el interior del recinto comercial que, afuera, en la calle aunque, en principio, pueda ser algo más barato. Actualmente [210214] los taxis deben llevar obligatoriamente taxímetro; si no lo lleva no te montes: es probable que sea inseguro. Cualquier noticia de última hora sobre taxis en Ecuador consultar el twitter de Taxi Confiable.

Empezó a lloviznar pero la lluvia era finísima y no percibía la sensación de que me estuviera mojando; quizá se debiese también al calor de estar en zona húmeda tropical. Es una sensación exuberante.

En el taxi iba cavilando sobre los prejuicios que tenemos los seres humanos; me pregunté si mi admiración hacia el gobierno y hacia una parte de la sociedad ecuatoriana no sería también un prejuicio que nublase la visión de la objetividad; por otro lado, ¿era la clase media y la rica tan compacta en una ideología?

Estas mismas cuestiones se las preguntaba una profesora universitaria estadounidense, que permanecerá un año con su familia en Cuenca, un día de abril de 2010. Escribió en un blog, junto con su pareja, sus impresiones de Ecuador. Extractaré una entrada referida a la política del país escrita por ella.

Se puede leer en http://ecuaseff.blogspot.com.es/2010/04/politics-in-ecuador.html

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president, gives a weekly televised talk to the public about what has transpired the previous week. […]

While he is not as far to the left as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, he maintains close ties with him, as well as with Raul Castro, a fact that worries a great deal of middle and upper class Cuencanos .

I try to listen to Correa’s weekly address when we are home Saturday mornings and have been really impressed with the content and the tone of his speeches. […]

My sense is that one his goals in these weekly public reports is to be 100% transparent with the Ecuadorian people- something no other past president has done and for that, I admire him. […]

I was impressed that he was able to talk to the poeple, not in a condescending manner but rather in an informal, educational way. I felt like I was listening to my neighbor tell me about a recent trip. Some Ecuadorians have criticized him for being too informal; they are so accustomed to standoff-ish, extremely formal politicians that it is really hard for them to hear the president of their country talk in a different way. […]

Since I’ve been here, I have heard all kinds of opinions about Correa. In general, the poorer, rural folks adore him for obvious reasons. […] Access to health care is another huge reason why he is very popular with the poor.

Most middle and upper class Ecuadorians will admit that Correa has done one favorable thing for the entire country and that is improving the roads, particularly in southern Ecuador. Now there are relatively nicely paved roads in the entire country, thanks to Correa. Both the rich and the poor love that!

Beyond that, however, the middle and upper class folks don’t have much good to say about Correa. They feel very nervous about his socialist bent and ties with Chavez and Castro. […] And of course, they do not like higher taxes. […]

Every now and then I will meet an educated middle or upper class person who fully supports Correa (this happened with the couple Don and I met in the Galapagos and spent all evening chatting with) and I find that so refreshing. Generally speaking, these supporters truly want an end to the corruption of the elite classes and the government and they understand that universal access to health and education should be a right and is certainly beneficial for the entire country”.

No tengo nada más que añadir. Ella lo ha dicho todo.

Termina su entrada de ese día con una frase premonitoria: “It will be very interesting to see what happens during the rest of his presidency”. Casi no lo cuenta.

CorreaMask🙂 Fotografía del blog (english) “Saludos de Ecuador” http://ecuaseff.blogspot.com.es/2010/04/politics-in-ecuador.html

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