Safety in numbers


My latest piece over at Americas Quarterly. I’m actually …  kind of pleased with how it came out.

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      • you know how in a, say magazine article, a quote is enlarged (and grayed out) para sobresalir? That’s a pull quote. It’s pulled from the body of the article. And yeah, it’s like a money quote. That’s why interviewing folks is so important. Usually, their feedback is pure gold, providing at least one pull quote. Ves?

        • Perhaps this is one: “When you go to vote, do it for your kids, against those who threaten you, and do not be afraid.”

          Perhaps this is another: The Venezuelan military has grown too accustomed to the bourgeois lifestyle of the revolution. (your quote. maybe you could even add:) It is unlikely they would let go of their perks and luxury goods to take up arms and defend Hugo Chávez.

          • The military should thank me for taking out the thing I had originally written about drug smuggling…

          • Actually the “drug smuggling ” part could stimulate a few military Dons and Capos to take actions against a Capriles win.

          • I love the juxtaposition of the military mixed with “the bourgeois lifestyle of the revolution”. Platino, amigo. Platino.

      • Sorry, I’m delirious from exhaustion. Any other week I’d sit and write out a coherent reply – for now I’ll just say: really? three days out, we’re going on full 2005 atavism mode? minutely disassembling fraud scenarios?

        I’m over-sensitive, of course, because I’ve seen the wonderland that lies through that particular looking glass and I’m in no hurry to go back there. But really, I found Juan’s piece shorter, more enlightening, and less likely to feed into counterproductive paranoid narratives. So he wins 3-0 in my book.

        • Having just read it, I liked Daniel’s piece. It’s different from mine in that it’s longer and lays out all the scenarios, even the unlikely ones, but it’s well written and all the main players are there. Plus, I liked the Federico Ortega bit.

        • Actually, I’ve been looking for an excuse to join the CaracasChronicles conversation for some time and, if anything, this gives me a shot at a grand entrance! I missed my shot back in the “Wikiconstitutions” era…

          So really there’s nothing to work out.

          • I enjoyed your article. The international angle was interesting. Dilma is on the left, but she is a democrat. Santos is a pragmatist. There must be some phone calls going back and forth, in case things go sideways. I hope.

      • Having just read your article, I found it exceptional, as well as disturbing. I am becoming more convinced that, in the event of an expected Capriles’ win, there will be street violence. There is the declaration of Tupamaro Chino Carias recently, remembering that Betancourt, after he was elected, had to have tank heavy machine gun fire strafe El 23 De Enero apartment buildings nightly for months in order to subdue subversives there. There is anecdotal evidence that motorcycles are being accumulated by orders of Diosdado in Catia warehouses to be used by street thugs post-election. There are the 3 A. M. phone calls being made serially to residences (including mine/Giusti’s/etc.) with a recording predicting Opposition fraud and the need to defend the Revolution in the streets, which indicates expected losing/desperation on the part of the violent faction of the Chavistas…..The end to this ignominious aberration called Chavez will not be easy.

  1. Excellent article, kudos!

    Now, I’ll return to my malbec, there’s no other way I’ll make it through this weekend.

    Thankfully my parents are visiting, so I won’t br drinking alone. We’re very much looking forward to our Sunday/Monday toast.


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