Yes I can!

The Leadership of Pablo Iglesias: Charisma in times of Crisis


“Podemos” has surged in Spanish polls all the way up to first position according to some sources, topping the two traditional parties that made-up the two-party system in Spain. This has revolutionized the ‘chessboard’ that has been Spanish politics over the past 40 years. Although the political party is only a year old, it has ‘checkmated’ the status quo. The question that politicians, journalists and analysts are asking themselves is how and why has Pablo Iglesias, an unknown professor of political science until recently, has been capable of reaching the hearts of so many citizens.

The answer that many, including Iglesias himself, offer is that “it has not been about our rights, but about others’ wrongs.” But this explication is not at all true. The great achievement of Iglesias has been to successfully channel the wrath and frustration that so many citizens feel. The wrath that corruption scandals have provoked, as their quality of life keeps diminishing moment by moment. The frustration of not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. In Spain we have gone through economic crises before, and the least among us have soared for a better tomorrow.