1. Make otherwise sensible people talk about the death of Chávez.
2. Use the courts to pick on the opposition’s leaders and slowly take away their rights.
4. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Keep this up, and you ensure there is no space in the news cycle to discuss actual proposals, no vision for an alternative, no hope for the future.
The clock may not say so, but we’re still stuck in 2002.
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