“I don’t believe that there has been in Latin America any case of a system of dictatorship which has so efficiently recruited the intellectual milieu, bribing it with great subtlety. . . . Mexico is the perfect dictatorship. The perfect dictatorship is not communism, not the USSR, not Fidel Castro; the perfect dictatorship is Mexico. Because it is a camouflaged dictatorship.”
Mario Vargas Llosa, from a televised conference in Mexico, “The 20th Century: The Experience of Freedom,” August 30, 1990.