Latin American presidents Hugo Chávez, Rafael Correa, and Evo Morales are often touted for their seemingly progressive policies, expressed in populist platforms that promise to provide for the poor and restore power to the people.

The fiery journal Dissent (Summer 2010) believes these darlings of North America’s alternative press urgently require closer inspection, arguing that their regimes in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia (respectively) represent an alarming regional trend—using democracy to dismantle democracy.