December 1, 2015

hISTORY eNDS EVERYWHERE:

Venezuela: 'Ours is a nation of thugs' (Andres Schipani, 11/30/15, Financial Times)

Venezuela's descent into hoodlum state from beacon of revolutionary socialism -- a picture of Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013, hangs above Carlos's head -- has been spectacular.

Three decades ago, Venezuela boasted some of Latin America's highest living standards. Today, after 17 years of revolution, most people cannot find toilet paper in shops -- even though the country has larger oil reserves than Saudi Arabia.

Corruption is rife and violence is out of control: 25,000 murders last year made Venezuela one of the deadliest countries in the world.

But this weekend Venezuelans will elect the 167 members of the National Assembly and, for the first time in 17 years, the vote will probably end the socialist government's majority. It promises to be a decisive moment.

It just shouldn't still be this hard to learn that there is no alternative to democratic capitalist protestantisn.


Posted by at December 1, 2015 6:37 PM

  

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