On Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:33:29 -0800, George Plimpton
Post by George Plimpton
Good. He was an oppressive asshole who made life worse for Venezuelans.
While he did indeed make life worse for some Venezuelans, he
made life better for far more Venezuelans, particularly
access to food and education for the less privileged, i.e.
the vast majority.
As of 2011, the following ten countries have adopted a
framework law on food security or the right to food:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Indonesia, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela. Moreover, in
2011 the following nine countries were drafting a framework
law on food security or the right to food: Honduras, India,
Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Paraguay, South Africa, Tanzania
and Uganda. Finally, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Peru are
drafting to update, replace or strengthen their framework
One of the main achievements of the Bolivarian government of
Venezuela has been the expansion of educational
opportunities and resources for the majority of the
Venezuelan people. Beyond increasing access to existing
basic and higher education, Venezuela has instituted
programs aimed at sectors of the population who have been
left out of the formal education system. These programs,
known as missions, have served millions of Venezuelans,
allowing them to gain basic literacy, complete basic or
higher education, and enter the workforce.
The society/culture/economy of Venezuela is totally
different than the current U.S. society/culture/environment
and most closely resembles the U.S. south during
It should be remembered that the U.S. government or rogue
elements (Spruille Braden Brigade?) fomented a coup against
Chavez, which would have succeeded except for the personal
loyalty of the Parachute [air mobile] regiment of which
Chavez had been the well liked and respected commander,
which intervened just moments before Chavez was to commit
The US news media is *HIGHLY* provincial bordering on
Agitprop*, and most likely you should take a little time to
see how other people/countries perceive things. To start the
following are suggested:
"Gold is the money of kings,
silver is the money of gentlemen,
barter is the money of peasants,
but debt is the money of slaves"
-Norm Franz, "Money and Wealth in the New Millenium"