It must be nice to work for Centro Internacional Miranda: get a hefty salary, spout off a bunch of clichés, and be bathed in the veneer of official intellectual responsability. En tierra de ciegos and all that …
Here are some things I learn while watching this video of “intellectual” chavistas making sense of the close election and the numerous problems the government faces:
- You can get paid to say: half of oil rents are stolen; oil rents used to be stolen by the oligarchs, but now they’re being redistributed (and being stolen by the boligarchs); the interests of the large monopolists have not been touched; if oil prices fall, we will have to take unpopular measures; and we need to organize “el proceso.”
- There is no “revolutionary” party – the PSUV is an electoral machine.
- Oh, and revolutionary motorbike riders are the pits, and it’s all the media’s fault.
As for this video, Mr. Álvarez discovers el agua tibia:
Yes folks, you don’t need to read Caracas Chronicles, Mr. Álvarez breaks it down for you.
From his talk, we learn that Centro Internacional Miranda has a factory for manufacturing data (!). He then states the obvious:
- The large flow of petro-dollars is being spent on importing stuff.
- We don’t export anything other than oil.
- Agriculture is declining – it should be at least 12% of GDP, but it’s only 4% of GDP – the rest we import.
- Manufacturing is declining – it should be at least 20% of GDP, but now it’s 14% of GDP.
- The private sector still dominates the economy, and most of the earning are going to capitalists.
- Workers are now more exploited than before.
- There is no socialism in Venezuela.
- Private companies are responsible for poverty and social exclusion
- Private companies using CADIVI are being subsidized
- Our economy is now more based on rents than before.
- The devaluation of the bolívar is not necessarily a bad thing.
And this is coming … from a supporter of the very government that put all this in place! The discussions and the obvious lack of answers to the glaring shortcomings of the Revolution are a searing indictment of chavismo’s dearth of intellectual capabilities.
These … are simply not the people that are going to find ways to lower crime, end scarcity, and overcome inflation. They simply can’t do it.