The Communicational Hegemony Cookbook

A pernil! A pernil! My kingdom for a pernil!
A pernil! A pernil! My kingdom for a pernil!

Step 1. Invite journalists to your military base to cover your revolutionary leg-of-pork giveaway.

Step 2. Let your giveaway turn into a complete fiasco, with skirmishes breaking out in the very long, very skittish line for pork, as people start pushing and shoving, ignoring the military police and some make an outright grab the pork obtained minutes earlier by people ahead of them in line.

Step 3. When, witnessing all this, one of the photojournalists you have specifically called to witness the event starts to do his job, send not one, not two, not five, but EIGHT soldiers to beat him up. Add a brigadier general on choking duty, for good measure.

Step 4. Realize that, “wait a minute, that guy was using a camera…in an army base!” Threaten to indict him for photographing a restricted military zone.

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  1. As a postscript the cookbook, all this is possible because:

    1. Civil rights and legal protections are only accorded to Chavista officials. These are not available or applicable to mere citizens.

    2. Anyone who has the temerity to disagree with or show the Chavistas in an uncomplimentary light is automatically a traitor to the revolution and naturally deserves any abuse he/she receives.

    • As for the people comprised in that second point, when will the government officially brand them as “gusanos”, I wonder?

        • True, but I was thinking of how the term “gusanos” in Cuba served more as a provocation for supporters to actively attack dissidents in mobs, rather than just being a label.

  2. This was stupid and clumsy.

    In a well-run hegemony, the journalists would understand that they can’t see any problem. If a journalist so far forgot his proper function and began compiling notes and pictures of a problem, a quiet word from a state minder would suffice to get him back on message.

    Violence should never be necessary, at least in dealing with allies of the regime, which these journalists were (according to a previous post on the incident).

  3. Seems communicational hegemony reaches outside Venezuela with the arrest of a Miami Herald journalist in Venezuela. Of course there is an amazing response by the international media. That’s what happens when you arrest one of theirs. Doubt anything will come of it. Remember the guy making the documentary that was arrested? I don’t either.


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