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Manuel Ayau, Latin America’s most influential champion of liberty

Monday, September 20, 2010


Manuel "Muso" Ayau—arguably Latin America's most influential champion of liberty in the second half of the 20th century—was laid to rest last month.

Americans who are discouraged by the erosion of individual rights in the United States could learn a lot from Ayau's courageous journey. Rarely has one life contributed so much to the cause of overcoming tyranny simply by making a commitment to the promotion of free thought, writes Mary Anastasia O’Grady.

Ayau, born in 1925, was an engineer educated in the US. But it was his instincts as an entrepreneur here in Guatemala that shaped his destiny as an icon for freedom.

Original source: Wall Street Journal