Equality and Talent

I don’t know if you’ve heard of Sergio Ramírez. He’s the most famous Nicaraguan writer of our times. Mega bestseller. Received Premio Cervantes (the Hispanic Nobel).

Sergio Ramírez is also a Sandinista. He was in the Sandinista government. Daniel Ortega’s vice-president. Not some minor player but one of the big honchos of the regime. Much of his writing is a defense of Nicaraguan socialism. And he’s a talented writer. Not my favorite, but not for any political reason. Politics has zero impact on my appreciation of art. I’m just not into his writing style.

In any case, a couple of days ago, Ramírez fled Nicaragua. His former bestie Daniel Ortega banned Ramírez’s new novel. And tried to arrest him for “fomenting violence,” which in leftist newspeak means “criticizing the left’s policies.” Ramírez is clamoring to the skies that there’s a dictatorship in Nicaragua. There is terror in the country, he says. It’s all true but one has got to ask, why is Ramírez so surprised? Has any leftist revolution ever resulted in anything else?

Ramírez was faithful to the regime. But he’s talented. He’s not a boring, stupid drone like Ortega. This means he was doomed. A brilliant person – even one that is useful to the regime – will always be destroyed. If you believe in equality above all, sooner or later you will have to get rid of talented people like Ramírez. Their very existence constantly draws attention to the futility of your struggle.

4 thoughts on “Equality and Talent

  1. “A brilliant person – even one that is useful to the regime – will always be destroyed.”

    So how long for Wang Huning then?

    What I’m wondering is that with such people as Klaus Schwab and Wang Huning running around trying to implement their theories with the help of the autocrat classes, is this really a “late” form of the “philosopher statesman” model, meaning that it is ripe for a permanent obsolescence?

    Speaking of Ortega, ever read Salman Rushdie’s “The Jaguar’s Smile”?

    Rushdie had a love-in for a while with Ortega and committed words to print, in case you weren’t aware of it.


  2. Ramirez has a nuanced memoir about leaving the FSLN, published in 1999. Other people like Gioconda Belli left that party (once it became one) yet earlier. Daniel Ortega is problematic in multiple ways. There’s a sandinista movement that isn’t the FSLN.


    1. It’s not Stalin, Brezhnev, Castro, Ortega, Chavez, etc. that mess things up. The system itself doesn’t work. It produces Ortegas because it can’t do anything else.


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