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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Autumn of the Patriarchs?

Mexican historian Enrique Krauze thinks the Venezuela regime is on its last legs.  Some years back he argued in a long book that Chavez was really a fascist and that Venezuela should be rightfully governed by social democrats like himself.   He didn't seem to recognize Chavez in fact picked up most of the old Accion Democratica (social democrat) voters, who are now his most loyal supporters.   In this piece, he is probably underestimating President Nicolas Maduro's legitimacy.  He also makes too much of these protests, which Chavez endured practically nonstop from 2001-2003. Maduro still has the Chavez system behind him, which includes the Army.  This accounts for a lot.
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