Donald Trump is but one of many individuals in the American continent that went from being a businessman to a political leader. They managed businesses, amassed fortunes and then one day, they entered the political arena. Before Donald Trump, there was Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, who joined the political club about a year ago. There are two others currently in presidential positions: the Paraguayan Horacio Cartes and the Panamanian Juan Carlos Varela.
Industrialized countries, national officials, transnational corporations, and multilateral banks have developed a new consensus model of development using mega-projects. This new investment model continues to undermine current social and environmental safeguards.