American Chávismo [Reblog]

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Photo credit: Lalo Dagach

While I have been aware of Mr. (Lalo) Dagach for several months now through his interactions on Twitter with the likes of Sarah Haider, Sam Harris, Ali. A. Rizvi, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, Dave Rubin, and others, last night was my first experience with his work in earnest vis-à-vis his appearance on The Rubin Report—and afterward his blog. Of the pieces I read, I chose the following post from 2013—titled American Chávismo—for its prescience regarding several key names and events on our consciences now, be this the case laterally or directly. I recommend you watch Dagach’s interview with Rubin, as it serves as a competent introduction to the man. As likewise does this piece (if, again, laterally) to the entrails of the Venezuelan economy and democracy today, and (the late, now) Hugo Chávez.

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Hugo Chávez was recently reelected President of Venezuela (or how Chávez has renamed the state the “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”) for his fourth consecutive term, putting into question the legitimacy of the nation’s claim to democracy. Despite the country’s political strife, economic turmoil, increasing violence, and international isolation, Chávez’s seems to have no problems making friends among America’s political left and liberal celebrities. This ‘moral support group’, that has decided to circle its wagons around Venezuela’s strong-arming government, has boastfully deemed Hugo Chávez its Latin American hero.

Actor Sean Penn has continuously run to the defense of his “dear friend” Hugo Chávez and has wholeheartedly assured the rest of us that Venezuela is a transparent democracy. Danny Glover is making his visits to Venezuela routine, and is apparently never too shy to ask for a handout. Oliver Stone has gone as so far as to portray Hugo Chávez in his…

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