From Revolutionary to Dictator in 4 Easy Steps

Hugo Chavez


Or how to become a megalomaniac and ruin your country.

Hugo Chávez is a charismatic leader. So is Fidel Castro, so were Hitler and Stalin. Chávez’s “Bolivarian Revolution” is based on the concepts of redistribution of wealth and social welfare.

Step 1 – 1992 – Chávez the revolutionary led a failed military coup.

Step 2 – 1998 – Chávez the politician was legitimately elected president of Venezuela.

Step 3 – 2002 – Chávez the controversial president survived a coup attempt.

Step 4 – yesterday – the Venezuelan National Assembly took the first step towards giving Chávez the dictator the unchecked power to rule by decree for 18 months.

Of course it absolutely boggles my mind that any group of legislators would voluntarily give so much power to one person. And moreover, it’s not the first time they’ve done it. The Enabling Act of 2000 had allowed Chávez to rule by decree for one year. Obviously the whole country belongs in an insane asylum.

But what really caught my attention today were the plans that Chávez has for Venezuela. According to the Washington Post, Chávez has announced that he intends to “nationalize key sectors of the economy, rewrite the country’s constitution to eliminate presidential term limits, strip the Central Bank of its autonomy, and put an end to foreign ownership of lucrative crude oil refineries.”

That means that telecommunications, electricity and natural gas, as well as the mining sector, are all likely to be nationalised. Property is going to be stolen from private individuals as well as from foreign corporations. This all sounds familiar because we’ve already had the grand experiment of socialism, and it failed.

I guess politicians don’t pay attention to history. Controlled economies and nationalised enterprises did not work in Central and Eastern Europe and they are not going to work in South America. Chávez’s socialism cannot succeed and he is going to run his country into the ground. Tragic.


6 Responses to From Revolutionary to Dictator in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Herbesse says:

    Will this make my Hugo Chavez stocks on trendio rise?

  2. Ulf Raharjo says:

    it was back in 99, watching movies all the tim. Ulf Raharjo.

  3. Marco says:

    It is true most of the reforms Chavez is attempting to enact are somewhat radical. Yet the reality in Latin America demands certain action to be taken. It is easy to criticize foreign nations and leaders, but it is much more difficult to do so in one’s own country. If you intend to compare Hugo Chavez with some of the fascist leader of the past, you should start of with Mr. Bush and actions.
    I do not justify Mr. Chavez’ policy entirely, but a close recognition of the spirit within should be taken into account rather than just criticize his actions. Socialism, or more precisely communism, has failed in most of the places where it has been practiced. But the reality is that a degree of social reforms in nation with a tremendous amount of poverty does not only make a difference, but it has been proven to improve the condition of the population.

    Marco. A proud Mexican, historian, and political analyst

  4. Max says:

    Thanks for your comment, Marco. Just to reassure you, I did start with Mr Bush. If you have a look round my blogs, you’ll see exactly how I feel about him. On your other point – I have lived in a post-Communist country since 1992 and I can objectively tell you that the reforms that came under socialism never improved anything here.


  5. Brian says:

    Gee, maybe I should cry a river for the poor industrialists and mining interests who are having their revenue streams nationalised, they make billions of dollars off national resources while millions of people starve around them, but they are CERTAINLY deserving of our sympathies… Maybe also you have a lot of sympathy for the OIL companies who are BLEEDING US DRY right now for their BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF QUARTERLY PROFITS?

    Give me a BREAK! You sound like a fascist toady Max.

    What you may not realize is that prior to Mr. Chavez becoming the leader of the strongest democracy in the western hemisphere, MILLIONS of Venezualan citizens were UTTERLY and TOTALLY disenfranchised. Their barrios containing MILLIONS of people WEREN’T EVEN ON THE MAPS, they were marked as ‘green spaces’. Picture if you will MILLIONS of AMERICAN CITIZENS, their towns and neighborhoods IGNORED by civil authorities, their very EXISTANCE forgotten by cartographers. Can’t do it, can you?

    Thanks to Hugo Chavez the people of Venezuela are enjoying things YOU take for granted everyday. Crazy, outlandish things that only a COMMUNIST OR RADICAL SOCIALIST would approve of. Things like AFFORDABLE FOOD (truly a radical socialist idea, kind of like FOOD STAMPS!) , EDUCATION for EVERYONE not just the rich(I know, nationalised school systems are MARX/
    STALIN/LENIN/MAO’s doing aren’t they?), HEALTHCARE (imagine THAT: even the POOREST of VENEZUELANS have a better NATIONAL HEALTHCARE PLAN than the citizens of the filthy rich USA)

    Unfortunately your views typify much of the AmeriKKKan public who parrot whatever the talking head on their idiotbox tells them is news without ever doing any investigation on their own. Somehow the very chattel which suffer the outrageous slings and arrows of freemarket capitalism are the first to jump to its defense. Its like Stockholm syndrome on a MASSIVE scale.

    Chavez and his supporters have enjoyed an 80% popularity in votes for over 10 years… No hanging chads, no hacked Diebold voting machines and no Supreme Court ‘stop counting votes’ ruling required to ensure ACTUAL, REAL, HONEST-TO-GOD DEMOCRACY in Venezuela.

    We should be so lucky to have SUCH REAL LEADERSHIP in THIS COUNTRY! Instead we kowtow to the very forces of evil which are turning the planet into a war zone and demonize anyone who stands counter to the status quo.

    Try opening your hermetically sealed mind and see things from the perspective of the average Venezuelan.

  6. Max says:


    Thanks for your comments. They are a bit bitter and very aggressive, but you make some good points.

    I have no idea what in my post gave you the impression that I was a fascist or that my knowledge of the world is limited to what I might see on American TV, but I won’t take your attacks personally.

    Just so you know, my disapproval of socialist systems and nationalisation of private enterprise in general is based on broad knowledge rather than the ignorance you accuse me of. I have lived in a post-communist country since 1992 and I have travelled all over central and eastern Europe. I have seen with my own eyes exactly what socialism does to countries. I doubt you can say the same.


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