“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

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.


Dr Llareggub said...

Thanks for posting the article on Chavez. Excellent piece which needs to be widely read.

Jemmy Hope said...

Chávez did much for the poor of his nation, much to upset and alienate the world superpower. Anyone on the side of the underdog should salute him for that.
"First the full belly, then the morality." (Brecht)

Dr Llareggub said...

I see Chavez is going to be stuffed and put on display. That should help the tourist industry. My neighbour had her cat stuffed, but it never looked the same.