69 million page views

An additional take on the Venezuela situation

Reader comment on item: Venezuela's Tyranny of Bad Ideas

Submitted by C Shipman (Japan), Aug 26, 2018 at 22:44

Funny, reading your article I couldn't help thinking something else.

It goes without saying that Venezuela has been gutted. And the take from the rich and give to the poor form of socialism that Chavez championed no doubt played a role. But the corruption, the cronyism, the us vs them and, most importantly, the cult of personality that Chavez cultivated are the real causes of the decline.

When the people follow a leader good or bad, regardless of the outcome because he's sticking it to the other side it never ends well. Chavez was a crook and a thug and a liar and everybody knew it. But he gave them loaves of bread. He gave them cheap gas, so as long as I'm getting something nothing else matters.

Reminds me of a certain NY real estate developer and his apologists.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Daniel Pipes replies:

I have low regard for Trump as a person, but he has not taken steps toward dictatorship - despite my fears of this two years ago.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)