Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Chavez as controversial as ever.
The death of Hugo Chavez reaffirms two of life's certainty's, death itself and the inevitability of knee-jerk reactions from both the right and the left when Chavez's time came. Lefties are falling over themselves to heap praise on the man, citing his popularity with the poor and his determined stance against Big Oil and US imperialism. The right on the other hand tend to emphasise the cult of personality, civil rights abuses and Venezuela's perceived lack of political plurality. Both have a point of course, and that actually is the point; no socialism without freedom - no freedom without socialism. You can go right to the horses mouth and get a Venezuelan anarchist take on Chavez here.