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The Brilliance of Mr. Chavez
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, September 24, 2006

The editors of the Washington Post add another brick to the edifice that is Hugo Chavez's brilliance.
Since Mr. Chavez took power seven years ago, Venezuela has mismanaged its oil so disastrously that production may have fallen by almost half, according to the estimates of outsiders, reducing global oil supply by a bit more than 1 percent. Along with natural disasters and Nigerian rebels, Mr. Chavez's ineptitude has contributed to high energy prices.

It takes sustained determination to reduce output by that much, and Mr. Chavez has provided it. He inherited a competent national oil company that produced three times more per worker than its Mexican counterpart. He immediately starved it of investment capital and dispatched ignorant political cronies to oversee it. When this abuse provoked a strike, Mr. Chavez fired the staff en masse, getting rid of two-thirds of the skilled employees and managers.
And, Mr. Chavez is keen to ensure that his unique brand of statesmanship is available to Venezuela for as long as necessary.
Venezuela's courts, media organizations and civil society groups have been bullied into submission, and Mr. Chavez is talking about a constitutional change that would allow him to remain in power indefinitely. "The people should not be stripped of their right if they wish to reelect a compatriot whoever it may be three, four, five, six times," he said recently.
And, conveniently, Mr. Chavez will be in charge of the electoral machinery, to ensure that the "will of the people" gets carried out.
 
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Check out The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and Venezuela Bolivariana at www.ChomskyTorrents.com or .org

Make up your own mind about Chavez. Don’t just read biased reporting on one side of any issue.
 
Written By: your face
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I can only say that the type of people atracted to this forum, and the ideology of it’s hosts, will be extremely unlikely to favor Chavez’s economic and social policies, and regard Chomsky with, at best, amused indifference. Or else trolls who agree with you already. But thanks for showing up
 
Written By: Joe Canadian
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Hey, how is artificially driving up the cost of oil "bad business" for Chavez...

Of course, what is good in the short term, isn’t neccessarily good for the long term.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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"The people should not be stripped of their right if they wish to reelect a compatriot whoever it may be three, four, five, six times," he said recently."

Idiocy masquerading as choice/rights for the people. Sadly the "people" are usually ignorant of such things. They only look in front of their face and thus run into unintended consequences.
 
Written By: josh b
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I find a bit of cognative dissonance when people defend Chavez for trying to change the constitution to get rid of term limits, while if Bush even hinted at doing the same, the cries of dictatorship and fascism would be heard from those same people.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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"I can only say that the type of people atracted to this forum, and the ideology of it’s hosts, will be extremely unlikely to favor Chavez’s economic and social policies, and regard Chomsky with, at best, amused indifference"

you say that like it is a bad thing.
 
Written By: timactual
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"I can only say that the type of people atracted to this forum, and the ideology of it’s hosts, will be extremely unlikely to favor Chavez’s economic and social policies, and regard Chomsky with, at best, amused indifference"
I’d say he’s most likely correct, Tim.

And, like you, I don’t have a problem with that.
 
Written By: McQ
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The first blockquote in the post read like a Retief story....

Dale Responds: Not really. Mr. Mangin wasn’t anywhere in it.
 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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OTOH, Chavez also suggested that the UN should be moved to Venezuela.

That’s the kinda "brilliance" I could get behind.
 
Written By: Terry
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Did I say it like it was a bad thing? It was late at night. I regard it entirely as a factor in ya’lls favor
 
Written By: Joe Canadian
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"OTOH, Chavez also suggested that the UN should be moved to Venezuela."

Just goes to show that there is some good in everybody. Perhaps we can build on this point of agreement, and create a lasting and beneficial relationship with our revolutionary brothers and sisters ...(continue with your own diplomatic boiler plate, my fingers are tired)
 
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