Yes, leftist governments are as corrupt throughout Latin America, because of a corrupt foundation was laid from their colonial past til this day. There has been periods of leaders breaking from tradition (corruption, nepotism especially) but the never last.
But Latin dictatorial leaders have always gone the martial law route to impose fear among the population.
But true Democracy can only from leftist thought (free thoughts/thinking politically), it cannot ever come from a Rightwing gov't...that approach only reinforces 'the status quo' of 'no changes necessary and a guarantee of the repression of political activism (silencing them).
Violence from the left has usually come in the form of protests..from the right it comes in the form of quelling dissent.
Plus in many cases, America has played a horrific role in Latin America affairs prolonging the unnecessary misery of the masses.
Oh come on. Left versus right has many definitions, but traditionally the United States has been a right leaning government and democracy has flourished. Right- self reliance, limited government. Left- government reliance, collective socialism. Which either way you lean is up to you, but in very left leaning Soviet russia democracy sure didn’t flourish, and millions upon millions died as the USSR tried to implement its utopian industrial society. More on point, millions WILL die in leftist Venezuela, where government controls and corruption will eventually lead just like the USSR to mass starvation, unless the international community gets involved. Now, I’m not saying extreme right governments work either, the nazis are a perfect example of that. Extreme versions of left and right philosophy just don’t work. Communism, fascism, despotism... these are failed models. It’s the space in between we can go ahead and argue about.
In South America I'm not sure how concerned people are about left vs right as opposed to finding leaders that simply aren't corrupt. And sometimes, all of their options are extremely corrupt. They're in a perpetual bind.
That is true, but changes are happening, not in Bolivia like it is in Mexico.
In Mexico, Pres. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is running a much better social media campaign than any leader today, by daily releases of what the previous presidents were up to and revealing the billions in waste, Total BS spending, their past Cartel associations...in other words, as corrupt as Mexico's past has been ..this is Mexico's best and only chance to break the cycle of never ending corruption by showing people what has gone down over these past 50 years. The Fifis, the powerful families are combating him daily on all fronts to make him their Maduro or Morales, but it appears he has the upper hand in convincing the people that he is far from that.
Will this happen in Bolivia? Not for another 100 years.