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.