Diego Sánchez de la Cruz arrived in Madrid when he “had just turned 18” and “after being treated for Galician tripartite nationalism”.
Is Madrid really a liberal paradise? We ask him. The analyst says that “the ability of liberalism to advance in Spain should be measured by what our country is.” He is realistic, but honest with his bet, which he made 20 years ago. Hope Aguirre, “quite a radical liberal policy in the environment and context in which we operate, and very successful in its results.” Aguirre was undoubtedly “the biggest supporter of liberal policies in Spain in recent years”.
An economist and contributor to Libertad Digital oversees an ideological movement that, unlike socialism, has a popular basis. In Madrid, 40% of residents come from elsewhere to be left alone to move forward, without hindrance or leadership.” Isabelle Diaz Ayuso the biggest victory of the PP in this Community.
The liberalism of people who, according to the author, “do not agree with the mainstream media” and who “pay less taxes” or choose a school or doctor “500,000 people from Madrid change their general practitioner every year.”
The two liberal political figures in Spain are two women, Esperanza Aguirre and Isabel Diaz Ayuso. Comparison Ronald Reagan D Margaret Thatcher It’s unavoidable. For Diego Ayuso more Reagan, leader of “Real Needs”, “he works with intuition, the liberal legacy comes out naturally. He knows where the Madrid people want him to be“.
The book includes interviews with two politicians of the People’s Party and tells about the origins of their ideological vocation. Both stand out for their “head-on attack on all the dogmas of the Left”.
“You can live very well in Madrid as a progressive player”
In an interview, Diego emphasizes that Madrid is “a machine to attract the population”, in particular, “all the victims of Bolivarian socialism, except for the United States.” People vote with their feet,” he jokes, “they want to live in an open society.” In short, in the “land of opportunity” which, unlike Catalonia, where the “good or bad inhabitants of Madrid” are not catalogued. The proof of this, ironically the professor, is that “you can live very well in Madrid by being progressive.”
There is a lot of economic data supporting the thesis of the book. Since government spending is less than 10% of regional GDP, this has saved taxpayers “tens of billions of euros”. The high rating of public services “in quality surveys, the lowest score is 85 out of 100”, which “does great damage to the left and its currents.” The researcher points out thatPSOE closes six public hospitals in Madrid“. Another of the most interesting data is that this is the community with the smallest underground economy in Spain and at the same time with the lowest taxes. If it were to raise taxes, it calculated that it would “collect on 1,500 million less.”
Madrid, he concludes, is “the place where the European dream of a market economy, quality of life and basic services comes true”. To which he adds “a very vibrant cultural life”, from the most popular to the elite.
Sánchez de la Cruz puts the responsibility on Ayuso: “from a financial point of view, 2 out of every 3 euros of the tax increase should be invested in next year’s tax cut.” He dreams that his next book will be called Spanish liberalism.
How Madrid showed that economic openness is the best way to ensure well-being and prosperity for all
Madrid is on everyone’s lips. It has surpassed Catalonia as the engine of economic growth in Spain. He cut taxes so successfully that the growth he caused led to higher revenues. It has liberalized its markets to encourage entrepreneurship and investment. He reinforced the basic services model, in which the public sector complements the private sector perfectly. And he fought the coronavirus pandemic by avoiding lockdown and betting on reconciling health and the economy.
Diego Sánchez de la Cruz, one of the economic analysts best versed in the region’s “liberal model”, explains in detail in this rigorous and exhaustive but entertaining work how Madrid became the capital of European capitalism, looking at all the key reforms and measures that made possible
In addition, the author debunks, point by point, all the myths and propaganda used by the left and the separatists to try to hide the growing success of Madrid. Madrid’s liberal turmoil has finally found its bedside book, a manual that examines in detail the real revolution that the region has experienced through its desire for openness.
about the author
Diego Sanchez de la Cruz is one of the most influential economic analysts in Spain. guide think tank Smart Regulation Forum and is a junior researcher at the Institute for Economic Research.
He writes daily for Libre Mercado and is a frequent contributor to media, radio and television. In addition, he teaches at several universities such as Camilo José Sela University or IE Business School.
He is the author Why am I liberal? (Deusto, 2017) and translated into Spanish the works of famous foreign authors such as Johan Norberg, Alberto Alesina or Robert J. Schiller.