Friday, June 08, 2007

Is Chavez's Bolivarian Revolution over?

Has the removal of the broadcast license of his most fervent critic, RCTV, sparking protests by some students and others, marked his apogee? Daniel thinks so, but Chavez seems to have more supporters on the street than opposition - if that is a valid comparison when both sides are well-organized to get many, many supporters out.

Venzuela might be instructive as to what political discourse becomes when the left gets organized and the right gets more frightened. Could the US become more like Venezuela? No, but that is what frightens the right media owners and personalities in this country.

I am not the biggest fan of Chavez, too many tendencies toward authoritarianism, but the right in Venezuela is authoritarianism without power, and the left is communitarianism with power but slipping into authoritarianism.

The student protests for more freedom part 1, part 2, part 3.

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