Mneesha Gellman, associate professor of political science and director of the Emerson Prison Initiative, shared her views on the actions of El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, as he made headlines recently for making Bitcoin the first country in the world to accept it as a legal payment form.
Bukele self-describes himself as a “cool, millennial dictator.”
Among Gellman’s quotes in the piece:
His presentation as a cool, millennial dictator and the popularity he gets from taking that approach speaks to his desperation for the population’s favour.
Regarding the Bitcoin policy:
An elitist project for elitist interests.
On what the Salvador population needs and wants:
Salvadorans want peace, stability, democratic rule of law and an end to poverty, that hasn’t been solved by president after president.