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March 25, 2008

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Matt

Good post. In the discussion group for one o my international relations classes, I'm constantly making the point that Chavez is nothing Latin America hasn't seen about a thousand times before; and that further, there's no reason to believe the sort of rule he typifies is going to work any better than it has the previous times. Lamentably, there's a certain species of the undergrad left (some of whom in fact are long past undergrad studies but for some reason never moved beyond the mindset) for whom pretending to redistribute wealth and saying nasty things about the United States are enough to win uncritical support.

Tim Newman

One thing the moderate Left might do in Europe is to make it clear that Hugo Chávez is no hero of ours.

The Left have had over 40 years to make it clear that Fidel Castro is no hero of theirs. It is highly unlikely they are going to come to their senses about Hugo Chavez within a mere 3 years.

John Costello

I have to agree with Tim Newman. The American left -- writers, actors such as Danny Glover et al., and Democratic Party politicians here in Massachusetts are very much in bed with Chavismo. Joe Kennedy runs a fuel oil giveaway for the poor with oil provided by Chavez and 'carries his bag' in TV and radio ads. Chavez being anti-Bush and anti-American is a big plus; his backing of FARC's murderers and kidnappers is justified because Colombia's democratically elected and popular government is pro-American and wants a free trade treaty with the US that the trade unions oppose (despite the fact that it would actually increase their members's incomes -- they still have a beggar-thy-neighbor mentality.) At the moment all I see removing Hugo is a coup by his own military or a cocaine overdose.

matt

oliver: 'ours' -- i know you try to keep saying you are left-wing, i don't think anyone believes you. how do you find time in between writing your column for rupert murdoch, running a hedge fund, and supporting any imperial war?

please go away

matt

oliver: 'ours' -- i know you try to keep saying you are left-wing, i don't think anyone believes you. how do you find time in between writing your column for rupert murdoch, running a hedge fund, and supporting any imperial war?

please go away

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