Posts Tagged ‘Juan Peron’

Chavez is dead: now send on another clown

March 6, 2013

It is customary in the West to laud democracy – in the sense of one man one vote in a secret ballot – as the palliative for all ills. But custom does not necessarily embrace common-sense. And what passes for wisdom too often is arrant nonsense.

When a so-called democracy comprises a majority of voters who, as a consequence of low IQ and/or a lack of education, vote through ignorance, and on the basis of emotion rather than reason, then democracy is a disease. It is a morbid disease that will ravage the most initially healthy of organisms. Such was clearly the case in Argentina under Peron, of Chile under Allende, and of Germany under Adolf Hitler. It is a disease that does not spare skin pigmentation, be that white, brown, black, or yellow. In that sense, it is an equal opportunity disease.

Democracy in Venezuela has proved to be just such a morbid disease. A significantly illiterate, impoverished, ill-educated and low intelligence majority pumped itself up with emotion and voted into its presidency a populist caudillo who had been reared on the rhetoric of Karl Marx and Simon Bolivar. Sitting on the world’s largest reserves of black gold, Chavez was able to initiate and effect one of the greatest economic declines in history of the planet, throwing away the inherited wealth of his people on political objectives that were as grandiose as they were utterly ludicrous and misconceived.

Well, now that a merciful nature has stricken Chavez down, one might think that she provides a second chance for the people that he so badly mis-served. Unfortunately, in a country ravaged by the democratic disease, the people will replace Chavez with another caudillo, maybe less crazy in his designs, but ultimately no less destructive of the nation’s wealth. Given recent developments in alternative supplies of oil, the West will have little reason to do anything but shed crocodile tears for a population so little fitted for the ballot box, and so overwhelmed by the rhetoric of Marx and national socialism.

Send on the clowns! That is the circus to which the Venezuelan majority has become besotted.

Hugo Chavez and Venezuela ravaged by terminal disease

January 6, 2013

Hugo Chavez, having lied to his people about his state of health prior to his recent re-election, is now ravaged by the terminal stages of cancer. He will die within weeks, perhaps before his scheduled inauguration. Except for communist regimes propped up by subsidized Venezuelan oil supplies – most notably Cuba – the death of Chavez will be received with widespread rejoicing. Most especially among the unwashed masses of Venezuela, relief rather than mourning should be (though sadly it may not be) the predominant response. The better-educated and the better-off, no doubt by now, have fled the country, taking what they can of their accumulated wealth.

Hugo Chavez has deliberately and systematically destroyed the economy of his once prosperous country. Whoever succeeds the socialist caudillo who has ruled them over the past 13 years, will confront an economic catastrophe, much like the chaos that confronted General Augusto Pinochet in Chile when the Marxist president, Salvador Allende, committed suicide in the middle of a successful coup-d’etat.

To win re-election in 2012, Chavez spent wildly, way beyond any revenues that he could raise. The budget deficit runs at an unsustainable 20 per cent of gross domestic product. Devaluation, high inflation and shortages of staple foods will be inevitable consequences, whoever succeeds him. Like Juan Peron in Argentina, the disintegration of the Venezuelan economy into third world status will take generations to repair.

Whether Venezuala will ever return from autocratic populism to democracy is highly questionable. Surely Argentina has yet to do so forty years after the death of Juan Peron. For the Venezuelan people, the true catastrophe is that an ignorant majority stupidly voted him into office, and that his terminal cancer took 13 years to evolve.


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