The Venezuela Paradox

After noting the general tendency of Latin American nations, excepting Panama, to oppose Chavista-Maduro repressions, the post observes,

And that is what makes me pessimistic about the future. Not of Venezuela. Of the whole region. When you hear repeatedly that Maduro was elected (Was he?) from those that are leaders of their respective countries. When they so conveniently ignored that the audits promised to them never took place, you have to wonder what concept of democracy they have in their minds.

Daniel, writing today as usual from Venezuela, posted an article about why some of the most wretched of the poor may not be protesting.

One, it is because many do actually like the regime for religious reasons. Another reason is that even if they do not like Maduro they are too dependent on him, for a job, for a Mision, for a little bit of food distributed for free or for cheap after a long line like the one on the attached video. They have no time to march or protest because they need to ensure food first. Amen that protesting inside their community would provoke the wrath of the local “colectivos” or “consejo comunal” which are the guardians of the revolution in an iranocuban sense. That is why there are so many upper class marchers, in the hundred of thousands all across the country as many leave the barrio to go and march with the middle class in their safer areas. The current protests cuts wide across classes. Deal with it. [Emphasis added.]

During World War II, I was a young boy and lived with my parents in Philadelphia, Pa. I remember the lines, which were not as long as those shown in the video at Daniel’s linked article. If one saw a line, it was common to wait in it even without knowing what might be for sale at the end of the wait. A milkman, driving a horse-drawn wagon (gasoline was severely rationed), delivered milk to our door. There was always sufficient food at a local farmers’ market to get by. Not so now in Venezuela.


Does this Bill Whittle video about what may be coming to America seem at all relevant to the situation in Venezuela now? Please think about it.

The Devil's Excrement

After three weeks of repression, fifteen dead, at least 60 reported tortured and more than eight hundred detained, including opposition leaders and reporters, the Venezuelan students have at least shown the world what little respect the Maduro administration has for the human and civil rights of the people. Venezuela has seen similar repression before during Chavismo’s rule, but never has it been compressed in such a short period of time. Or taped, photographed and videoed so extensively. By now, it is clear around the world, how prevalent repression, censorship and violence are under Chavismo. Maduro talks peace and repproachment with the opposition, the day after calling an opposition lady a prostitute and the day before the most repressive use of force in Caracas. Maduro decides to give two days of vacation ahead of the four-day Carnival break, in the hope or belief that by next Wednesday people may have…

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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