Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hugo Chavez Is No Hero

By Fernando Espuelas

Hugo Chavez is dead -- but he is no hero. Even as his supporters pour into the streets to mourn their fallenidol, the damage he caused to Venezuela is incalculable.
From an over-dependence on oil revenues, to a forcednationalization of the private economy, and a personal foreign policy of ego gratification, Chavez leaves a Venezuela in chaos, with weak institutions and anuncertain future.
History will not be kind to him. His petro-socialism was never a self-sustaining economic or social development model. Venezuela under Chavez's reign has deteriorated to the point where it mustimport milk. Chavez's Venezuela can no longer feed itself.
Hugo Chavez lied to the people, convincing many that his magical powers would save them from misery. There was no magic solution to resolve Venezuela's myriad social problems.
Even as he jetted across the globe with allies like Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Chavez tolerated waves of urban violence -- turning Caracas into one of the most violent cities in the world.[...]
Public corruption, including the enrichment of the Chavez family, has also damaged Venezuela. Like the wounds created by the Peron regime in Argentina, the social fabric has been torn. Divide and conquer of different social sectors has been Chavez's formula for continuing as paramount leader of Venezuela.
While another key component of this formula has been the militarization of the regime, and in turn, the politicization of the armed forces. Bribed with outlandish weapons purchases and generous patronage, Chavez remade the Venezuelan military into a tool of his rule.

The full article is here.


  1. Does the US government hate him because of mismanaged rule? Or because he had the habit of saying no?


  2. I'm sure the US hated him for saying no.

    Salon (yes Salon, the very same guys who post all of those thoughtful refutations of Austrian analysis) says Chavez created an economic miracle:

  3. This is revelation? Chavez was not a hero? Surprise, surprise, surprise. He was a POS marxist wannabe.