In the interview of Hugo Chavez by Jose Vicente Rangel, shown over the weekend, but taped on Thursday, the Venezuelan president attempts to describe the successes and failures of his presidency. In so doing, President Chavez shows how tired and failed his revolution and his presidency are. The “successes” are mostly old or in the end, failures, while the failures are mostly old too, remembrances of his most heroic days.
- A Constituent Assembly that opened the doors to the new Constitution and Socialism
Well this happened long ago (11 years to be precise) and he is changing history. The new Constitution, which he just ignores and violates lately, did not open the door to socialism; it had nothing to do with socialism.
- Taking over PDVSA, the state oil company
Again this happened eight years ago and so far all he has managed to do is reduce the company’s ability to function, destroy its human and technological capabilities, and reduce production.
Again, he said we were entering into socialism long ago (2005?), but has yet to define it or implement it. Socialism is not taking over companies and destroying them, nor taking over farms and abandoning them. Socialism is not having a president wear fancy watches and buying armored Bentleys to take him around. Socialism is not the creation of a wealthy “bolibourgeois class” that lives off the government importing everything or the financial transactions it invents.
Thus, in his successes, nothing is recent, nothing is real, just smoke and mirrors of old political “victories.”
- Having an “orthodox” economic policy during the first few years of his government
Well, that is also old, but if he thinks the non-orthodox policies have been good, he should look at July’s CPI, a 2.7 percent increase, amounting to a 25 percent increase for the last 12 months, and 4.8 percent increase in food prices in July alone.
- Lack of efficiency of his government
The only constant in his failures, twelve years of consistent inefficiency.
- Having respected military hierarchy up until 2003
Once again, something that happened long ago. Nothing would have changed if he had done it earlier, just the destruction of institutions would have been accelerated.
Without desiring it, Chavez has defined, in both what he thinks were successes and failures, how tired his empty revolution is. He draws on a distant past. He cites nothing from the last six years, except the continued ineffectiveness of his government.