Skip to comments.'A slow-motion catastrophe': on the road in Venezuela, 20 years after Chávez's rise
Posted on 12/06/2018 1:23:19 PM PST by Hojczyk
On 6 December 1998, Hugo Chávez proclaimed a new dawn of social justice and people power. Venezuelas resurrection is under way and nothing and nobody can stop it, the leftwing populist told a sea of euphoric supporters after his landslide election victory.
Two decades on, those dreams are in tatters.
The comandante is dead and his revolution in intensive care as economic, political and social chaos engulf what was once one of Latin Americas most prosperous societies. Almost 10% of Venezuelas 31 million-strong population have fled overseas; of those who remain, nearly 90% live in poverty.
To understand Venezuelas collapse, the Guardian travelled hundreds of miles across the nation Chávez dreamed of transforming, from the spot in downtown Caracas where he gave his first speech as president-elect to his birthplace in the countrys sun-scorched southwestern plains.
On the way, we encountered lingering affection for a charismatic populist still celebrated as a champion of the poor, and a determination among Venezuelans from all walks of life to somehow weather the economic cyclone ravaging their country.
But above all, there was deprivation, hunger, profound apprehension and seething anger even among proud chavistas at a government now incapable of fulfilling its citizens most basic needs, and in denial over a humanitarian crisis unprecedented in modern Latin American history.
(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...
so said most every totalitarian bastard from the beginning of time
Chavez and Maduro aren’t alien invaders, they are Venezuelans, for the most part chosen and supported by other Venezuelans.
The Guardian would make excellent toilet paper for the Venezuelan people. One of many commodities in very short supply.
This just in - Generalissimo Hugo Chávez is still dead.
I read the article.
Although I didn’t keep track I think they mentioned Socialist only one time.
I’m sure that if the right people tried it............
How does a socialist country collapse?
Two ways. Gradually, then rapidly.
Apologies to Ernest Hemingway.
An interesting article. Thanks for posting.
Pretty much a replay of Cuba.... who could have predicted it??
“Don’t cry for me Argenzuela”.
Missing from the worker’s paradise that is Venezuela are Hollywood celebs like Sean Penn and Oliver Stone. They and their one-percenter buddies are busy sipping champagne in private jets while pretending to be socialists.
Lol, the Guardian reflects on yet another socialist disaster. How did it happen? It’s a complete mystery to the geniuses who want to tell us all how to live, and put us in camps if we disagree.
Sounds like what Bernie Sanders and his supporters wished he could be.
As a socialist he was NOT the better option to Clinton, he was worse. Socialists are worse than crooks just as crooks that will cheaply sell us out to the likes of the ChiComs or Muslim Brotherhood (the Clintons or Mr “no controlling authority” Gore) are worse than crooks that are at least crooks who are loyal Americans (like LBJ ... who was dirty and had blood on his hands).
Was surprised to see anything on the disaster in Venezuela, our media loved it and pushed it as a model for theUSA but has 100% blacked out mentioning it since it became clear that people were eating bugs to survive.
This from the Guardian who I’m sure cheered when Chavez took over.
I was surprised that the Guardian published this-——read the entire article-——at the end they are looking for money.
Trying to cover all bases during fundraising time.I guess.:-)
Lets go down there and save them, the children.
Did it to them selves.
Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez seek the same for us.....sigh
...’A slow-motion catastrophe’..
Perfect description of AOC.
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