The Pain of Chavismo
New Protests Put Venezuela on Edge
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  • qet

    Venezuela is well along on the road to North Korea. I wouldn’t have thought it possible.

    • Andrew Allison

      And Argentina is sprinting to catch up.

  • Gene

    The wording of your second paragraph may have (unintentionally?) highlighted the basic intellectual dividing line between the competing ideologies in Venezuela. If students truly are protesting “the government’s inability to provide basic services and commodities,” the Chavistas have won. In other words, if the students actually think it’s the government’s job to supply toilet paper, the country has gone too far around the bend.

    While I can’t be sure what is in the minds of those in the streets, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and hope that your comment about providing basic services and commodities was just carelessly written.

    • Andrew Allison

      Hmmm, it appears to be our government’s duty to provide cell phones, medical care, etc. We may be in the same boat.

  • MontyBurnz

    I am extremely disappointed with the scant, superficial coverage WRM and his blog have provided to this issue in our backyard. I was expecting insightful analysis but this reads like an AP report or a blog from CNN. This situation merits an intellectually profound analysis not this fluff piece.

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