I was on The Economics Detective podcast the other day, talking about everything from the Caracazo to Alfredo Serrano. It was good fun.

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  1. Great stuff… It’d be interesting to see what kind of reactions the host got. I always wonder if the Venezuelan story has gotten twisted enough that some western audiences just don’t believe it.

  2. Somewhat off topic, but the title of Bolivarian Noir reminded me of the master of Chilean Noir, Roberto Ampuero. Warning: his Amazon pages does not include Ultimo Tango de Salvador Allende– at least in Spanish.

  3. Great podcast Quico, great summary for my Australian/Venezuelan children to understand what is going on in their second home.

    One thing that you mentioned in the interview, which I have been thinking a lot recently that it’s so easy for people who have no knowledge of economics to be easily fooled by propaganda. I therefore wish economics was part of the core studies in high schools every where, just like chemistry, biology and history. I wonder if we would have so many Literature students so easily fooled by far left economic policies, if they understood the basics of how economies work.

    • Good point. In the recent post titled: “Do you want to sign? Or do you want to eat?” a purported friend of the protagonist wrote in the comments: “Conozco a D.M., …le gusta la mitología, la fantasía, los animales.” Seems to me that much would be gained if more students had a basic exposure to economics!

  4. I’ve been a long time reader of CC. This is my first post here.

    A little about me. I grew up in Caracas in the 70’s and 80’s. Travelled all over the country. Left in 1986. When the Bolivar still was 4 to the dollar. Food and other basic items were easy to purchase. I don’t ever remember ever seeing a line at a grocery store. And it was safe to walk the streets, even at night. I have visited Venezuela a few times since 1986 and I am amazed at how much it has changed for the worse.

    Just wanted to say the interview was over the top amazing. You summarized the economic situation in Venezuela with enough layman’s terms for an ordinary person to understand but also enough technical analysis for a person with some economics training to appreciate that you have a deep understanding of economics. Additionally, you managed to root many of the economic policies to real stories, like how the government began fining the bread shops to reduce lines or the causes of the Caracazo. I applaud how you managed to explain multiple sides of an economic issue in a rational way on a multitude of issues. And you did this in less than 1 hour!

    Thank you again for everything you do here. Brings me (and I’m sure others too) not just a better understanding of whats going on, but a sense of longing and hope that this mess in Venezuela can and will get better some day.


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