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Re: Last night's session
Author: Lance Knobel Posted: 8/31/2000; 3:06:12 AM Topic: scriptingNews outline for 8/30/2000 Msg #: 20567 (In response to 20566) Prev/Next: 20566 / 20568
I think calling Hugo Chavez communist is a distortion and over-simplification. He's in the Latin American tradition of charismatic, populist strongmen, generally with military backgrounds (like Chavez).
The economy is going to hell in a handbasket at the moment, thanks to declining investment and capital flight. But Chavez seems to remain hugely popular. An interesting left-wing journalist, Richard Gott, has written a book on Chavez, In the Shadow of the Liberator, which argues he is the most significant Latin American leader since Castro.
Gott may be a bit starry-eyed, but Chavez is certainly a fascinating phenomenon. You can read my review of the Gott book.
There are responses to this message:
- Re: Last night's session, Tucker Goodrich, 8/31/2000; 9:53:15 AM
- Re: Last night's session, Enrique Vaamonde, 9/1/2000; 9:07:57 AM
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