In regards to two May 11 opinion articles, "Democracy: World's other recession" and "The anti-socialist backlash in Latin America" (both Page B-7): These columns highlight the views of the political and economic elites in our country and the people who speak for them; they equate corporate capitalism with democracy. They oppose democratically elected leaders if they pursue other economic development models. That's why one sees statements and articles condemning presidents Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Evo Morales of Bolivia in this newspaper and most mainstream corporate media in the United States.
The string of progressive governments chosen in fair and internationally monitored elections in Latin America in recent years scares the rich and powerful. There is no doubt of these governments' legitimacy. They were elected by the majority of poor and oppressed people in these countries, who make up the vast majority of the population. It seems democracy is good as long as the candidates that represent corporate interests win. That reminds me of our situation in the United States.
JOHN G. LUCAS