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The demonization of Chavez

The US mass media demonizes Chavez because of policies that undermine the propaganda that the market is more efficient than rational planning.

The US bourgeois demonize Chavez and the lack of democracy in Venezuela but Chavez just won his election 54% to 44% over his rival who accepted defeat saying that “to know how to win, you need to know how to lose!”. Voter turnout was one the highest in Venezuela’s history, 80.94% of the 19,119,809 registered voters. As Pepe Escobar points out "Chavismo channels no less than 43 per cent of the state budget to an array of social policies. Unemployment went down from over 20 per cent to less than 7 per cent. No less than 22 public universities were built in the past 10 years. The number of teachers went from 65,000 to 350,000. Illiteracy has been eradicated." Could do with some of that here.

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Richard Mellor October 16, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Donna, I have always been involved in active politics. I was a shop steward for many years and published an opposition bulletin in my national Union, AFSCME. I am retired now but was also involved in rental rights struggles, we won $1,000,000 from Hud in a campaign for section 8 renters. (One of our issues was covered on the front page of the SL Times some time ago) I was also involved in the Occupy movement a little and ran for Oakland city council in 1996. I am not negative as I believe in a future, but not a future that continues down this same path. I don't have to be negative, what is happening to workers and our families, as well as the poor, is negative enough. I am optimistic we can change it but not by voting for one of the two Wall Street parties.
Mike October 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Richard you write an interesting blog but I think you are wrong on Chavez. He rigged the system to the point if he didn't win something would be wrong, The fact that his opponent was able to garner 44% speaks volumes on what Venezuela people feel, it shouldn't have been that close.
Richard Mellor October 16, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Mike, in all honesty, I would have to investigate it a little further myself, I am not uncritical of Chavez. But I do know that, like Cuba, these countries have produced remarkable results in the face of massive overt and covert at times, attempts by the US government to undermine them. These improvement, I am sure, would never have been possible when the energy oligarchs ruled. It is only fair to compare a country like Venezuela or Cuba, to Pakistan, Somalia, Bolivia or other countries where US imperialism has ruled to see th difference.
Craig Williams October 16, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Chavez has been an interesting leader. The former baseball player and military leader rules a country that has won what the oil companies call "the geological lottery." There is a lot of crime and the opposition media is relentless, according to one writer "like Fox on steroids." One only wonders what the U.S. investment in clean energy investment would be if we had a Chavez. Oil giants like Chevron are in constant negotiations with Chavez though they would prefer someone who would privatize the industry and probably are connected to his opponents campaign. For significantly reducing poverty by 20 percent , he should by any fair journalist or policy experts measure get the gold metal in humanity for that achievement. I don't know or read enough about the country but much but he drinks too much espresso(25 cups a day) to be a great leader, but maybe thats what it takes. Socialism after winning the geological lottery would make a good documentary, in my humble opinion.
Fred Eiger October 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Oh look, the brutal dictator/punk Chavez, along with Castro an Putin want Obama re-elected.... http://times247.com/articles/obama-receives-endorsements-from-three-dictators No surprise here.

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