Many Latinos fled their nations seeking refuge from Caudillo military dictatorships whose hold on power depended on fear and control.
These dictators insist on holding on to power by manipulating armed followers, patronage, and vigilance. Their choke-holds are based on violence and machismo. Why are some Latinos embracing this form of government?
They use an exaggerated pride in masculinity, perceived as power and control, often coupled with a minimal sense of responsibility and disregard for consequences.