Unemployment decreased by 50%? A minimum wage that rose around $400? Reduction of extreme poverty from 50% to under 10%? A high human development index? Free of illiteracy? Investment in education that doubled? Basic food products with low prices?...
I gotta to give it to Chavez he has done well and his results have been excellent, I don't agree with every single thing he has done but overall a good leader, his position on the US is a bit extreme for my taste but I understand why he would have it as he experienced the US funded and aided assassinations and torture in his country.
I cannot fault him however for what he has done to end racism in his country and for the poor, the Venezuelan economy has also done well.
All his elections have been confirmed as valid and fair by international bodies so cries of dictator are simple stupidity.
I also like that the Venezuelan government is true government of the people, the vice President for example is a former career bus driver. It's something the US should try out sometime, have the average man represented in the offices of power.
A dictatorship is not defined by the health of the economy, literacy rates, etc.
A dictatorship is defined by the method of governance. You can have a benign dictatorship, but it's still an autocratic form of government where a single individual has the power of law, judging and execution.
Gaddafi seemed to be, by some, to have been a benign dictator. But he threatened the Anglo-American hegemony by advocating currency based upon gold rather than the dollar. The Rockefellers and Rothschilds could not allow Gaddafi to be an example of economic freedom from their system of centralized banks. So, he had to be taken out of action.
When the late Aaron Russo gave his last interview, he revealed from conversations he'd had with Nick Rockefeller, that the powerful oil and banking clan knew about a "big event" in October, 2000, that would give US Iraqi oil and Afghani oil pipeline right-of-ways, plus Venezuelan oil. That "big event" would give us a never ending War on Terror. The events of 9/11 gave us Iraq and Afghanistan, but somehow Venezuela escaped that fate, or so it seems. Did Chavez cut a deal with the Power Elite? Or did he merely get lucky?
When Hitler rose to power, he had murdered many, burned the parliament building and blamed it on a convenient patsy, and prepared the nation to gain security by giving up their liberties. Sound familiar? Same thing has happened in America. And look what happened to Germany after it started attacking other countries.
I don't know where Venezuela fits into the big scheme of things, now. But the guys with Trillions of dollars in their coffers no longer care about money. If anyone threatens their plans for global power, they have them taken out.
I hope Chavez is a good guy, but the Corporate Party media lies, and sometimes they lie on both sides of the fence to divide us. It's called the "Third Party Law" -- behind any conflict that persists, there is an undisclosed third party feeding that conflict.
To resume Chavez's economical success to a vulgar collusion with the elite or random luck is to lack of objectivity. To ignore that Chavez was reelected for a third term is to deny the Venezuelian reality, Which president or political party experienced it but in a dream? America, the epitome of democracy can't even flaunt those figures.
Dictatorships NEVER implemented social programms directed to the poorer stratus of the economy. Dictatorships NEVER took the people's needs into consideration. Dictatorship has always been about an oligarchy owning the means of production, capital and wealth. A bit like in the US in fact.
Thanks for your rational opinion Josak. You are among the rarest hubber who has an educated opinion as for economical, political and historical matters.
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