will in chicago wrote:
This is not surprising, as many Venezuelans have seen an increase in their standard of living. This has been especially true of such segments of the pouplation as the various indigenous peoples and those who did not benefit much in the past from the wealth of their country.
In some ways, the criticism directed at Chavez reminds me of the criticism directed at Franklin Delano Roosevelt over the New Deal. By addressing the issues of poverty and inequality, Chavez is trying to make a country that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens.
To me, a just society tries to ensure that the needs of its citizens are met. Chavez, while not perfect, is making some efforts --- and offending a few people. Among these are the members of the Bush administration, which recognized the 2002 coup that was short lived.
There seems to be a universal hatred of Chavez, one that is shared by many on the left also. Another thing I don't understand.
Yes, Chavez is power hungry, but at least he is acknowledging ALL the people, not just those at the top.
Thanks Will for the sensible post.