July 13, 2014 7:00 PM

We — the people — know what’s best

The constitutions of Latin American countries, almost without exception, begin with a sentence exalting the nation-state or highlighting the patriarchal role of the elected representatives: “We the representatives of the people of Costa Rica …,” “The Congress of the Republic of Venezuela …,” “The Constituent Congress (of Peru) invoking God Almighty…,” “The sovereign nation and its government (of the Dominican Republic)…,” “We the deputies (of Honduras)…,” “Bolivia, free, independent, sovereign …,” “The Panamanian Nation…,” The Oriental Republic of Uruguay is the political association…”

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