Juan Cristóbal says: – The two short videos are fascinating. In a few short minutes, you can see Chávez the deranged (hiring “planes” to bomb the clouds and create rain), Chávez the amusing (telling people three minutes are more than enough for showering, saying that’s what he does, “and I don’t stink”), Chávez the authoritarian (“why do people need hot water? why do they need jacuzzis?”), and Chávez the loose-tongued, Freudian-slip communist (“what kind of communism are we building here?”).
My apologies, but they are in Spanish only.
The stuff about the showers, in particular, is another manifestation of a tendency we don’t talk about enough: for Chávez, Venezuela’s problems are Venezuelans’ fault. They have nothing to do with him.
No food in store shelves? You’re all shopping too much. No electricity? You bunch of wasteful pricks. No water? Get out of your jacuzzis! No dollars? Stop drinking Scotch and we might come up with some.
It used to be his Ministers’ fault, or the IVth Republic’s, or the Empire’s. But those scapegoats doesn’t seem to be working anymore.
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