Hugo Chavez

(In lieu of the) Picture of the day

Featured image A reader writes that he sent a friend from Venezuela (who moved to Germany to get away) Steve’s post on socialism in Venezuela. He replied: “Here is proof!….Coffee sold in Venezuela now comes from Russia…Cue Yakov Smirnoff.” UPDATE: I’ve asked our reader to let us know where the photo was taken. I will update this post and restore the photograph when he responds if we are able to verify the »

Another Epic Fail for Socialism

Featured image There’s the old joke I heard way back in college that was more or less rendered obsolete in the 1980s, but which has made a comeback of sorts in the era of Obama’s crypto-socialist crony-capitalism: “The trouble with capitalism is that it’s people exploiting other people; the  trouble with socialism is just the opposite.”  Of course this is false: it is capitalism, not government control of the economy, that has »

Mark Falcoff: Venezuela’s forthcoming elections

Featured image Occasional contributor Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the the author, among other books, of Modern Chile, 1970-1989: A Critical History and Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. Mr. Falcoff sorts out some of the underlying themes in Venezuela’s forthcoming elections: As anyone who’s been following events in Venezuela with even half an eye knows, provisional president Nicolás Maduro (named by the late strongman Hugo »

Notes on Hugo’s Funeral

Featured image Hugh Chavez was laid to rest today in Caracas. Well, not exactly laid to rest, since news reports indicate that his body will preserved for indefinite public display like Lenin’s. But they did have a funeral. Who came? Something like a dozen heads of state, including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seen here entering the funeral: Raul Castro was there. Fidel, happily, couldn’t make it. Two Democratic Congressmen, Gregory Meeks of New York »

Sean Penn: Bard for Our Time

Featured image There are a handful of writers, Shakespeare being the best example, whose works best come to life heard aloud rather that read silently on the two-dimensional page.  Sean Penn, the actor and, as the Puffington Host reminds us, “Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti,” is another such bard for our time.  He has a piece up right now at the PuffHo, enticingly titled “Breached Pinatas,” that will surely take its place in the »

Mark Falcoff: Venezuela loses

Featured image Occasional contributor Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the the author, among other books, of Modern Chile, 1970-1989: A Critical History and Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. Mr. Falcoff comments on yesterday’s elections in Venezuela: The results are in. Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s president-dictator (and would be president-for-life) has scored another knockout victory at the ballot box. While there may have been a slight fudging »