The Failure in Venezuela

Walter Bagehot, 19th century economist, political analyst, and editor of The Economist, observed that “it is a question whether the benevolence of mankind does most good or harm.” 

At issue is not a failure of policies. The policies are the cause of the failure.

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Media Distortion of Chaos in Venezuela

As Venezuela continues to spiral into dysfunctional violence under the authoritarian leadership of socialist Maduro, Jason Stapleton, host of The Jason Stapleton Program, discusses media distortions of the underlying causes in his daily show.

Socialists Accelerate Voter Intimidation in Venezuela

Venezuela’s president admitted to identifying those who voted against him this past election. In a recent speech to the public, Nicolas Maduro singled out those who failed to vote for him as Hugo Chavez’s hand picked successor, after having voted for Chavez in previous elections. “We have identified the 900.000 compatriots with IDs and all”…

Socialism Leads to Toilet Paper Shortage in Venezuela

The Venezuelan government was forced to begin importing 50 million rolls of toilet paper this week, due to massive shortages in consumer goods, and food in the country. Venezuela has found itself in a downward spiral of increased crime, and a struggling economy, after more than a decade of rule by it’s socialist president Hugo…

Opposition Refuses to Give Up on Electoral Fraud

Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, has been protesting the hairline margin by which the incumbent clung to the position bestowed on him by Chavez since the election results were announced. On Thursday, the Consejo Nacional Electoral (National Electoral Council) was unable to make a decision about concerns presented by Capriles regarding irregularities during April’s election. It is unclear whether or not this board operates independently…

Why Opposition in Venezuela Didn’t Have a Chance

A recent article in The Atlantic extensively documents and details the extent to which Chavez had institutionalized and consolidated his power over the past 14 years, before passing away last month. Intimidation, corruption, manipulation, and outright violence prevented any serious opposition from having a chance at fair representation in recent dubious elections. In 2005, exasperated voters flat out boycotted…

Venezuela’s New President Was a Bus Driver

Nicolás Maduro started his political career while driving a bus full time for the Caracas Metro system in the 1980s, when he began unofficially organizing workers of the transportation system. In the 1990s, he helped to found the Movimiento V República (Fifth Republic Movement) as a left-wing, Socialist political party which Hugo Chavez represented in…