Gloria Alvarez about the battle of ideas that shapes society
Gloria Álvarez Cross is a Guatemalan radio and television presenter, author, and libertarian political commentator. She is the host of the "Viernes de Gloria" radio program in Guatemala. She is the program director of the National Civic Movement of Guatemala, an organization that advocates for the participation of an informed, responsible, and active citizenry in national politics. She has written two books, "The Populist Deception: why our countries are ruined and how to rescue them," released in 2016, as well as "How to Talk to a Progressive." which is being released in 2017. Álvarez was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Her father is of Cuban descent, and her mother is of Guatemalan and Hungarian descent. Álvarez received a bachelor's degree in International Relations & Political Science from Francisco Marroquin University, and then received a master's degree in International Development from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Álvarez speaks Spanish, English, and Italian fluently. Álvarez identifies as an atheist. Álvarez first received media attention in 2014, after a speech given by her at the Ibero-American Youth Parliament received widespread coverage on social media. She has become well known for her discourses against populism, a movement she believes has resulted in political instability in many Latin-American countries.