On Tuesday, Venezuela lost Gumersindo Rodríguez, the leftwing radical turned Carlos Andres Pérez Planning Minister and one of the most influential economic thinkers of Venezuela’s 20th century.

In his memory, we reprint this profile published in The New York Times on September 2nd, 1975: a week after the government whose economic team he headed nationalized the oil industry.

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