The red canonization continues


hThe Maternity & Children’s Hospital in the Western Caracas neighborhood of El Valle (seen in the picture left) is set to finally be opened to the public after 23 years in construction (14 of them under current management).

If they followed the old custom and named it after the leader who started the job, they’d call it the Maternidad Carlos Andres Pérez Rodríguez Hospital. Ermm…no chance of that.

Can you guess the new name they’ve when it opens? Yup: Comandante Supremo Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.

Take a deep breath. We better get used to this sort of thing. By the time the dust settles, the list of stuff named after Pajarito is going to rival Bolívar’s.

Maybe it will be a task for the new Presidential Commission specially created to look out for the comandante supremo’s “legacy”. In a curious form of posthumous nepotism, it includes two members of his family: his brother Adan (Barinas State Governor) and daughter Rosa Virginia (wife of VP Jorge Arreaza and new member of the commision in charge of the Bolivarian Museums System).

The religious transformation of the late comandante presidente continues undiminished. Foreign readers may think we’re exaggerating, but chavismo is quite literally transforming from a cult of personality into just a cult.

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    • In Venezuela there is a tendency for the cost of projects to be seriously undervalued even if its a country where inflation is rampant as are labour problems supply problems and the rest which adds to the cost of the project . this means that as costs overreach budgets the projects get suspended and abandoned to be taken up again when costs have risen again enormously only to be overtaken again by the same budget overrun problems in a cycle that repeats itself several times . Then there is that known maxim of Venezuelan governments to procrastinate and never finish the projects which they have so loudly promised and started . The difference between the 1st 10 years and the latest 14 years are that during the former lower oil prices hit hard on government finances while during the last 14 years rising oil prices have given the government any excuse to drop projects because of a lack of money . if we have money to subsidize the cuban economy to the tune of 4 billion USD a years we certainly had the money to complete this hospital years ago.!!

  1. “El órgano también implantará “cátedras educativas que reflejen el ideario” de Chávez “en universidades, liceos, colegios” y creará bibliotecas, “entre otras actividades que mantengan vigente el ideario revolucionario”.” WTF?

    I guess talking about Chavez and promoting his “ideology” is much more important than, you know, solving food scarcity: According to BCV in March 2013 food scarcity was:
    Sugar: 73.7%
    Powdered milk: 70.6%
    Corn flour: 66.1%.
    Oil: 75.3%
    Butter: 74,6%
    Coffee: 50.9%
    Beef cuts: punta trasera: 53.7%; muchacho 38.6%; falda: 30.3%.

    This government is not just the best government in Venezuela’s history. It’s without a doubt the most bestest government in the history of world!

  2. Um…..if Venezuela is not paying it’s bill to the UN, you have to wonder if they are still funding their propaganda arms in the USA which reminds me, where’s the bride of the revolution?

  3. How incompetent was the previous government? 23 years! Good god.

    Has Venezeula ever been governed well in the last 50 years? My wife’s grandmather says the only good leader she ever remembered was MP Jimenez, but that could just be her Tachira pride.

    • ‘that could just be her Tachira pride’…

      don’t think so: Venezuela was governed by tachirenses for most of the XX century, including two (well, nearly two) terms of Carlos Andres Perez, who – if my arithmetic is correct – must have overseen the beginnings of this hospital. Granted, he had one or two other things on his mind.

        • Perez Jimenez management of government projects was impecable , they were executed fast, on budget and without flaws (albeit tarred with the usual component of corruption) However distasteful to us his dictatorial status his government is generally held up to have been very competent in terms of the projects he built for the country .

          • Faust : Hitler ruled in germany , good management there is normal , here good government management is extremely rare and bad management the norm (growing much worse during the Chavez years) . Sometimes people who are politically distasteful are more competent than democratically elected leaders . Part of the reason why the 4th Republic foundered was its managerial incompetence , the challenge is to try and make democracies more competent which hopefully the country will achieve some day!!

  4. Yoyo, your comment is off-topic, patently false, and does nothing but encourage unjustified conflict. Your Chavista credentials are safe. Hamas and its thugs have tortured and killed over 2,350 palestinians in the last three years just to maintain control over Gaza. Your Hamas creditionals are safe also.

    • yoyo, while we are talking 6 degrees of guilt by association, maybe if you weren’t so looney tunes and focussed on an idiotic regime in Venezuela, you could have done something useful and helped drum up a few more votes and prevented George W. Bush from getting re-elected. Nice to consider what might have been….

  5. I like the name, it sounds good. Quico is worried that everything new that is being built will be named after Chavez, but worry not! Maduro’s government will not build anything. We will have 6 years of further involution.

  6. This phenomenon is not so much coult as a behavioral norm of fascism. They do as they like without constraint and without respect no others.

  7. Completely off-topic but what the heck…

    I actually looked at the CEPR post. It’s an analysis of how semantics have stripped Venezuelan civil freedom fighters international recognition and skewed perspectives of the Chavez legacy:

    “Speaking to those revolutionaries who are ironically shunned by critics not for being against the government, but for being for it, I found an oft-overlooked sector of internal critics of the Bolivarian process, those demanding more solutions, less corruption, and above all a deepening of the very same directly democratic institutions that ‘civil society’ academics deny exist. Contemporary Venezuela is veritably bursting with a proliferation of grassroots organizations: from revolutionary collectives that do not even let the official police enter their neighborhoods (colloquially known as ‘Tupamaros’), to popular media outlets that are radically critical of governmental policies, to those combative collections of workers, peasants, urban dwellers, and students who occupy their factories, land, housing, and universities against the explicit demands of the Chavista leadership.”

    Issues like lack of protection of private property AT ALL LEVELS is precisely the sort of thing that kept the Chavez government from being granted widespread international approval.

    Nothing wrong with grass-roots democracy. But there is nothing democratic about land invasions, what’s even worse unsupervised and unfettered. Not allowing the police to operate* also does not sound like it deserves international approval. That defines weak institutions and ANARCHY. Which actually is on topic.

    Perhaps you should complain with one of the Internationals…

    (*the Branch Davidians were really democratic last I heard)

    • An important objective of Chavism is centralization of power. The formation of “councils” that circumvent elected mayors, etc. seem to be a way to undermine local governments. Then, there are the unions. Chavism seems to have lost lots of support of unions.

      • I’m responding to the “off-topic” comment from feo… that seems to be a take off from Venezuelanalysis article about the role of Coops in the Bolivarian Revolution. However, the so-called grass roots activism that could represent a “third road” in the future is something that might not happen. We’ll have to wait and see. After all, it is a big leap from an idea to a success. Chavismo seems to think that entrepreneurial skills and work ethic are commonplace. It’s well known that most businesses fail in their first five years, and the Bolivarian Revolution seems to have underscored that fact.

          • feo, I’m confused. Let’s get back to the topic, which I believe has to do with establishing an “official” Chavez legacy. The legacy of Chavez has been and continues to be manufactured by those who are and will be in power after the election. Historical facts are immutable. However, if Chavismo can successfully canonize a manufactured legacy, then historical facts will become irrelevant as cannon becomes unassailable by facts, and historians are in danger of becoming heretics. It’s the only way that Chavismo can survive without Chavez in command. Maduro is not Chavez!

          • gordo, don’t worry about their survival. If there’s anything chavistas are excellent at is in rewriting history and making propaganda. They have been very successful at it and will continue to be in the following years.

    • Sometimes grass root democracy stinks, because people’s egoes and blustering spirits blow up as crowds of people gather together to discuss an issue, People in big crowds turn dumb loud and passionate the more of them there are. Any one been to a condo meeting ?? Leonardo used to say ‘dove se grida non e vera sciencia’ or truth can never be found where people shout too much, and thats exactly what happens when lots of people meet together . Of course sometimes grass root gatherings empower rational people to do things which alone they would never do for themselves , but to extend a mantle of epic rationality and understanding an all grass roots groups or movements is to indulge in sentimental hogwash !!. .

  8. “En el nombre del Padre,del Hijo y Pajarito Santo, Amen.”

    Waiting for that blessing at the grand opening…

  9. Imagine if they decide to rename Caracas Ciudad Chavez (or maybe Sabaneta?).
    Or the country Republica Chavesiana de Venezuela

    Nameplates with Chavez spread all over Venezuela is the least of our worries… deconstructing history will have to wait.

  10. P.C., inflation, unemployment, and empty shelves are going to take lots of propaganda to cover up, and if they can’t do it…. there’s are going to be lots of questions!


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