Saturday, May 19, 2007
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Hugo Chavez approaches the Mugabe level of economic mismanagement
On Thursday the Wall Street Journal's Jose De Cordoba had a front-pager describing how Hugo Chávez's agricultural reforms are going:
Now Mr. Chavez is taking his revolution to the Venezuelan countryside. "We must end latifundios," he said in a televised speech in March, referring to large agrarian estates. "The people order it, and we will do it, whatever the cost." Then he announced the seizure of a land area larger than the state of Rhode Island.Chávez has now reached the Robert Mugabe level of economic incompetence by messing with the farm sector. Let's hope he does not move past that to the Mao Zedong/Great Leap Forward level of economic mismanagement. posted by Dan on 05.19.07 at 09:49 AM
Though no one -- not even Chávez -- has said with certainty just how far community councils will go, many inside and outside government say the idea is to steer Venezuela away from municipal councils and mayors and hand funding and decision-making directly to the people. "If this works, community councils could bury city hall, but something better will be born," said Naguanagua, a teacher who, like Baric, belongs to the council of La Hacienda Maria, in Caracas, Venezuela's capital.
The councils have been buoyed by success stories in some neighborhoods and tarnished by cases of corruption and incompetence in others. But overall, the process of grass-roots decision-making is providing a street-level view into how one of Latin America's more intriguing leaders is trying to bring what he calls "a revolution" to his country.....posted by: Joe M. on 05.19.07 at 09:49 AM [permalink]
i will just add, this is from the same article...
"For Venezuelans in poor barrios -- who felt excluded under the corrupt power-sharing system that ended with Chávez's election in 1998 -- the community councils are a means of empowerment. A December survey released by Latinobarometro, a Chilean polling firm, found that in all of Latin America, only Uruguayans had a more favorable view of their democratic institutions than Venezuelans."posted by: Joe M. on 05.19.07 at 09:49 AM [permalink]
Chavez is willing to begin by emulating Robert Mugabe. Eventually, he is aiming for Pol Pot's style of socialist reform. The people have demanded it.posted by: Bill R. on 05.19.07 at 09:49 AM [permalink]
Also on Saturday, the streets of Caracas were full of protesters who oppose the closing of VZ's only independent TV station. Chavez has accused RCTV of conspiring against the government (namely Hugo himself). Chavez has made it clear that it is HIS decision alone, he has made his decision, and the protesters are wasting their time. Danny Glover, please explain to me how a president can have that kind of power in a democracy.posted by: OpenBorderMan on 05.19.07 at 09:49 AM [permalink]
Let's be fair, is Chavez giving the land to people with actual farming experience, or like Mugabe, to political/military cronies?posted by: Karl on 05.19.07 at 09:49 AM [permalink]
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