Chavez Dies

I’m not going to sit here and pretend there are two sides to the man. I’m not going to say I’m sorry a man who reduced one of the most resource-rich countries in the Western Hemisphere to a running joke should be mourned. And I can’t pretend I won’t shake my head at all the gullible Americans who will be said over this.

All I will say is that I hope Venezuela can strike out for a better future.

Update: The main defense of Chavez seems to be that poverty fell. But Venezuela was one of the most corrupt crime-ridden countries in the world. Other nations have reduced poverty as dramatically without the corruption and oppression. So spare me the eulogies.

It’s easy to bring down poverty — temporarily and superficially — in a tightly-controlled kleptocracy. As long as you don’t care about the long term future, you can spend a few years enjoying the plunder before the system collapses.

Chavez, incidentally, was speculated to have a personal fortune of a couple billion.

Update: Moynihan.

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  1. Hal_10000 *

    Loyal chavistas are in control, so this may be like North Korea: a false hope. But a false hope is better than none, I guess

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Reliable sources reported him dead in December, which is when he disappeared from public view.

    Franco did a much better job of not being dead.

    The WaPo article on him was such a lavish blowjob of admiration I wondered if he wrote the damned thing himself.

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    CNN’s article was about how “controversial” he was. THey interviewed a few bed-wetters to talk about how awesome he was as he amassed a personal fortune and let crime run wild.

    According to Moynihana, there are 20k murdered per year in Venezuela. In a country of 20 million. That’s Somalia-level violence. Hey! Now we can tell all the liberals that if they want a socialist state, they can live in Veneuzela or Somalia, whichever they prefer.

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  4. CM

    I admit that initially I had some hope that he might be good for Venezuela and South America generally, but those who predicted what would happen ended up being pretty much on the money.

    All I will say is that I hope Venezuela can strike out for a better future.

    Totally agree.

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  5. Mississippi Yankee

    I predict that China will be the only entity that will keep this potential powder keg from exploding.

    Venezuela is surrounded by one poor recourse-less country after another. Chavez sold an awful lot of his country’s oil wealth for cold hard cash and Chinese protections. If you’re able to watch this unfold through an unfiltered lens you will be amazed I promise.

    Of course our leaders will once again sit on their hands not knowing which horse to back. Their ineptitude in this will make our reaction to the Arab Spring look like a bold move.

    My nation is starting to look and feel like a company that just been placed in the hands of the owners inexperienced son.

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  6. West Virginia Rebel

    Well, Sean Penn and Jimmy Carter are in mourning. The vice president is apparently officially in charge and carrying on Chavez’s legacy of conspiracy theories and banana dictatorshipdom.

    There are South American countries that Venezuela could look to for inspiration (Brazil and to some degree Colombia) but the main outcome will probably be another military dictatorship.

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  7. AlexInCT

    Maybe I am a conspiracist but I do not think that it is a coincidence that the announcement of Chavez’s death came on the same day as that of Stalin. My bet is Chavez has been dead for days, weeks, and maybe even months, but they waited to announce it on March 5th because collectivists still believe Stalin was an A-OK and misunderstood dude just like Chavez himself.

    I wonder why none of the people praising Chavez point out that he died with close to $2 billion in various not so well hidden accounts. Power to the poor people, indeed. Those that want to pretend the liberal fairy tale still exists will not heed the evidence, yet again. Neither will those that like to take advantage of the fools that believe in impossible promises of the fairy tale, just like good ole Hugo did.

    Nobody, and certainly not the nanny state, will ever create heaven on earth as collectivism promises. So intelligent people should obviously be able to grasp that if their intelligence precludes their belief in some higher power, that liberalism promising more of the same, but on earth, is an even bigger lie than any other religion that promises said heaven in the afterlife. Not that these “smart” people will ever grasp any of that or admit they do when there is so much power and money to be had. Ask Chavez. He created hell on earth for the people, and if there is an afterlife I am sure he is now in hell too. He earned that in spades.

    Viva la revolucion! Heh.

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  8. AlexInCT

    I admit that initially I had some hope that he might be good for Venezuela and South America generally, but those who predicted what would happen ended up being pretty much on the money.

    Maybe there is hoope for you yet CM.

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  9. Mississippi Yankee

    There are South American countries that Venezuela could look to for inspiration (Brazil …

    You’re not too familiar with what’s going on in Brazil right now are you?

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  10. CM

    Maybe there is hoope for you yet CM.

    There’s no doubt you’ll both horribly misinterpret/misrepresent something within the week and we’ll be right back where we started.

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  11. AlexInCT

    There’s no doubt you’ll both horribly misinterpret/misrepresent something within the week and we’ll be right back where we started.

    If pointing out the truth and pissing off the liberals whoi do not want to hear it is a misrepresentation, then I love to misrepresent.

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  12. stogy

    I really hope it turns out I was right when I said a couple of weeks back, the best thing he could do for Venezuela right now is die…

    I could be wrong. I am often wrong.

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  13. CM

    If pointing out the truth and pissing off the liberals whoi do not want to hear it is a misrepresentation, then I love to misrepresent.

    Yeah that’s it Alex. It’s not your complete inability to cope with any sort of complexity beyond 1s and 0s. Not at all.

    I really hope it turns out I was right when I said a couple of weeks back, the best thing he could do for Venezuela right now is die…

    Now you should say the best thing for North Korea would be for the top 200 officials to keel over dead. It’s worth a shot.

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  14. Mississippi Yankee

    Symbolism being a pillar of the Socialist state no one should be surprised that Plan A is to permanently encase Hugo’s body in glass.

    Dies (ya right) on same date as Stalin and then enshrined just like Lenin. Who writes their mission statements and talking points the Onion?

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  15. Mississippi Yankee

    There’s no doubt you’ll both horribly misinterpret/misrepresent something within the week and we’ll be right back where we started.

    One sign of a gentleman is how he accept a compliment… or not

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  16. thelastdakrat

    Nick Searcy tweeted

    @yesnicksearcy: I just heard that a poor cancer in Venezuela lost its life yesterday after a long bout with Hugo Chavez. At least it’s in a better place…

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