Democracy Retrenches Globally, Collapses Locally

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The Economist Intelligence Unit just published the tenth edition of its annual Democracy Index, where they evaluate the degree of “freedom” of 165 independent states that reunite most of the world’s population. Results are discouraging, as the report shows an increasing trend toward authoritarianism around the world, with Venezuela sharing one of the worst positions overall.

To measure something as abstract as freedom, The Economist uses a 0 to 10 scale that classifies states into four categories: Full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime. Five items are evaluated for every country: elections, civil liberties, functioning of the government, political culture and political participation. According to the report, only 19 countries around the world can be labelled as full democracies (a way too small 4.5% of the world population), while 52 fall on the authoritarian basket. Venezuela, as expected, is one of these. For the first time.

Located one-hundred and seventeen places behind Norway (another oil-giant that happens to be the most democratic country in the world), Venezuela shares an overall 3,87 score with Jordan, way below the Latin American average of 6,26 and losing more than 0,81 points compared to last year’s report.

We are still way above North Korea’s 1,08, though, world champion of authoritarianism.

Yay!

Venezuela’s decline is remarkable because it shifted from a “hybrid regime” to an “authoritarian regime” for the first time since The Economist publishes this rank, joining Cuba in the small Latin American Authoritarian Club. The authors argue that “Venezuela’s continued slide towards dictatorship,” reflected in the Government’s effort to sideline the Parliament, the imprisonment of disenfranchised opposition leaders and its violent control of last year’s protests, was the main reason for such result. The freedom of speech, another marker that fell globally last year, considered “the most important liberty of all”, also reflects Venezuela’s authoritarian character, with La Patria de Bolívar raking 109 in the world, its media categorised as “largely unfree.”

“Venezuela’s continued slide towards dictatorship,” reflected in the Government’s effort to sideline the Parliament, the imprisonment of disenfranchised opposition leaders and its violent control of last year’s protests, was the main reason for such result.

The report is also interesting because it contrasts the regional trend, with Latin America having the greatest number of “flawed democracies” in the world (16) and even having a full democracy (Uruguay), being the most democratic region of the undeveloped world.

Another remarkable case is the United States, categorised as a “flawed democracy” for the first time ever in 2016, due to “a serious decline in public trust in U.S. institutions”, following Donald Trump’s victory. Although still ranking 26th in the world, with a solid 9,16 overall score, The Economist argues that “[Trump’s] attempts to address the concerns of his voters have resulted in a further polarisation of US politics, resulting in a decline in the score for social cohesion in the 2017 Democracy Index.” According to them, this polarisation and the “bitter partisanship” that compromises the proper functioning of the U.S. Government are the most serious threats for the American democracy in the near future.

Western Europe remains another bastion for democracy, with fourteen full democracies, six flawed democracies and only one hybrid regime (Turkey). However, “the underlying problem of mainstream parties’ failure to address the concerns and insecurities of younger and working-class voters” is seen by the authors as a threat that “will continue to sustain anti-establishment sentiment for the foreseeable future” in the region. Spain’s 0,22 points drop compared to last year, following the Government’s treatment of the Catalonian crisis was the most remarkable feature of the region.

According to scholar Larry Diamond, the current trend reflects a “disappointment in traditional democracies” and the “elites” that represented them, a phenomenon particularly visible in developed, Western countries and that, according to the authors, explains Brexit and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election but we Venezuelans experienced it first hand over two decades ago.

Democracy must be taken seriously, and never for granted.

You can read The Economist’s full report and a detailed explanation of its methodology here.

56 COMMENTS

  1. The Economist has it wrong, is apologizing and backtracking, watering down the socialist “message” which has been polluting the atmosphere for decades. Following Ronald Reagan’s election, the Democrats came out with a little jingle (the only thing they are good at is making bad rhymes and “rap” alliterations): “President Reagan’s economic program is Unfair, Unmanageable, and Unworkable.” The program was implemented as well as it could be over Democrats’ opposition, and the economy took off, disastrous inflation of the Carter (D) years was ended, and the stock market increased ten-fold.

    The Economist has it dead wrong and backwards. What is going on is the unmasking of the treasonous socialist “Democrats” who would l-o-v-e to utterly destroy the United States and all it stands for in individual freedoms and principles of democracy. Their covert operations have been going on for decades. The socialists are the rabble-rousers, the rioters in the streets, the looters, the slinky one-eyed politicians claiming to represent “the people” when all they really represent are thieves.

    • I didn’t know how to express it, but you did it for me. This was my gut reaction to reading this:

      Just because the far left looney libs are acting and behaving outside of Democracy, don’t fucking tell the rest of us that we’re losing our Democracy.

  2. “Another remarkable case is the United States, categorised as a “flawed democracy” for the first time ever in 2016, due to “a serious decline in public trust in U.S. institutions”, following Donald Trump’s victory.”

    I think US citizens are getting a good look at why there’s a serious decline in the public trust of US institutions, since there’s mounting evidence that the FBI and DOJ were weaponized by Obama against the will of the American people.

      • I feel bad that the US people didn’t thank the Canadians for all of their help in these recent attempts at bringing democracy (as failed as they were/are) since WW2.

        I would like to rectify that!

        Thank you, Canada! The sandwiches were delicious.

      • It does not matter where he was born, he was a US citizen according to US law. However, why do you believe he never released his school records? Because part of the time he attended as a foreign student.
        Also, I see MRubio failed to mention how Obama weaponized the IRS against the American people, so as to keep down dissent prior to the 2012 elections.

        • RC, maybe in 50 years someone will manage to extricate those school records of his from whomever has them protected, but I agree with you fully. I suspect Barack Obama, at some point during his education, received preferential treatment as a “foreign student”.

          As for the IRS, yeah, that too, and everyone is aware of it.

          • MRubio, I don’t know what you mean by “received preferential treatment as a foreign student”. At one point I was one of those “foreign students”. I don’t remember any preferential treatment, but perhaps it was delivered subliminally and you could educate me about it. I had to compete for my teachers’ attention and for my grades like everybody else. I did not get special “dumbed-down” assignments just because I was one of them “foreign students”. When I opted for graduate school I scored a 773 in the GMAT. Not perfect, but not shabby. I don’t remember the test having a box that said “check here if you are a “foreign student” for an extra 200 points”. I am not trying to brag about my credentials, but I get a little frustrated every time I hear people who should know better talk about all the preferential treatment that “foreign students” get.

            It is kind of like the old tale about welfare queens driving Cadillacs, eating lobster and filet mignon, and drinking champagne with their food stamps. Shit, if anybody knows where to find one of those welfare queens please give them my number. I want to hire them to manage my budget. I can’t support that lifestyle with a six-figure income.

          • Fatima – Universities have policies to admit foreign students, based on “diversity and cultural enrichment” ideas, many of which have to do with the idea of educating foreign students in the American system so they can use that in their own countries. An example of where that worked might be the “Chicago Boys” who were behind the Chilean economic “bombazo” that turned the country into the South American Economic Miracle. An example of when it did not work might be Yamamoto, who went to Harvard and led the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor – and another concurrent example of a Japanese art student who drew the layout of dockings at Pearl which were sent to Japanese high command.. This is not to say you did not qualify on your own merits. Domestically, big football universities are criticized for coddling their relatively few lower academic players. But admission of “diverse” foreign students is well-known as a policy, just as employment is often based on demographics (to avoid discrimination lawsuits, but to the point where reverse-discrimination lawsuits have been filed).

          • Fatima – P.S. I saw a couple buy a shopping cart loaded with t-bone and porterhouse steaks, paying with food stamps. I was right behind them in line. I happened to see them loading those into the trunk of a Lincoln Continental in the parking lot, and noticed a very gaudy wrist watch on the man. I still try to explain that away, as perhaps two charitable workers who collected food stamps from hungry people and decided to give them a barbecue, and were doing their shopping for them and maybe the couple were well-off, themselves, and were doing volunteer work out of the goodness of their hearts … but somehow I get a suspicion that my own cowardice and ignorance of whom to report to prompts me to try to look the other way. Welfare fraud and abuse is an issue, as is insurance fraud and Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Don’t think it does not happen. Again, not faulting you, just laying out some data. Some think the biggest evidence of fraud is that half the U.S. population gets some form of government direct transfer, such as food stamps (or whatever they’re called now – the U.S. socialist version of CLAP).

          • Don’t be so sensitive Fatima. My comment had nothing to do with extra points on tests or dumb-down assignments. I was simply referring to programs (money) earmarked for foreign students as opposed to American citizens. Every US university has them, and have for a long time.

        • Reality Check – The U.S. Constitution requires that the President be either a natural born citizen or a citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution in 1789. Every U.S. President either as a citizen at the time of adoption of the Constitution or has been born on U.S. soil – with the possible exception of Obama.

          It makes perfect sense to me that someone who did not grown up in the U.S. is not going to understand the culture and people as it runs in their breath and blood. I was not born in Venezuela, and do not understand the culture entirely. I do not count as a “Venezolano” because I was a) not born of Venezuelan parents, and b) not born in Venezuela. And I was never treated exactly as a Venezolano by Venezolanos. And I would NOT – under hypothesis – accept the Presidency of Venezuela (not that anyone is going to offer it) as I do NOT feel like a Venezuelan.

          I notice differences here, in the U.S.. I grew up in Venezuela, and I do not have the same sets of values and perspectives that Americans who were born AND raised here have. As far as being true-blooded American, by parentage, yes – my family goes back I don’t know how many generations born and raised on U.S. soil. But I can’t compete with the farm boy from Ohio or the cowboy in Texas in the area of this being my home. The life experience isn’t there.

          All the rest is words, words, and more words searching for a meaning. The meaning is clear without words. I don’t care how many words anyone has, he’s never a native unless he’s a native. Ask surfers in Hawaii. Ask anyone who moved to Maine. Ask any musiu in Venezuela. From what I’ve heard, as any Guajiro if he’s Caraqueno.

          • An Amerian can never be a Venezuelan, or a Frenchman, or a Spaniard. All of them however can easily become Americans.

          • Hawaii was admitted as a state on August 21,1959. My mother was born there decades before and she was always a US citizen. Saying “possible exception of Obama” is peddling debunked myths. 45 had to eat his words after peddling lies for years about having interesting info from the people he sent to investigate in Kenya.. blabla.. he never sent anyone. You’re better than that Gringo.

          • Gringo, if I may, what you are saying is that the essence of being an American boils down to blood and soil. Blut und Boden.

            Where are all the relatively sane people who used to come here and comment about Venezuela? Why did they leave and this new crowd show up when Trump got elected?

          • Gringo 2 –

            Interesting about Hawaiian citizenship – I had never thought about that at all.

            I appreciate your correction (and compliment), but I have a question, perhaps not put into the best context, but I think it’s close enough: if you are in a fist fight, and the other guy picks up a rock, at what point, if ever, do you change your rules and lower yourself to do the same?

            Does the opposition in Venezuela currently need a rock to counter the rocks used by the Chavistas, or should they stand and be hit? Maybe the answer is that they should stand more strongly. I have seen that done, the big guy who has such an air of correctness about him that his enemies reform. But in history, the bad guys have viciously killed many good men. One recent one comes to mind: Agent 007 v.2 (Oscar Perez). He asked the population for support, but it did not materialize in sufficient volume. And his friends were killed, as well.

            I sense that the answer, the strictly correct one, is to never pick up a rock. To do so would be fighting on your enemy’s ground, by his rules, and that’s stupid. You make him fight on your ground, by your rules. I think most of us do that.

            But I still leave open the possibility that Obama was not born in the U.S., and there are numerous questions regarding him and the Democrats, which are snowballing to the point of being worthy of asking, without lowering any standards.

            In Venezuela, too many questions went unasked. Far too many questions are not put to socialists. One of them is: “What are you afraid of? That you cannot make a living by your own merits?” Another is: “Can you explain that a hundred million people have died, either by your hand or of starvation, under your ‘principles’ of government?”

      • “I’m curious MRubio: where do you think Obama was born?”

        Hawaii, to a mother who was American and a father who was from Kenya and probably a British subject at the time…..not that I care. Why do you ask?

      • Why not waltz? What does bringing the US into the conversation have to do with the craptastic state of democracy in Venezuela? You might ask the editors, they’re the ones who went out of their way to bring it into the discussion when it didn’t need to be here.

        Now, I’m sure there are some who are so blinded by their hatred of Trump that trivial matters like using “salacious and unverified” (former FBI director Comey’s words to the President), politically-motivated and politically-funded “research” in order to obtain FISA warrants to spy on an American citizen, is fine with them, but don’t count me in that group. They may even be fine with FBI director Comey continuing to sign off on surveillance extensions after he was fully aware of the poltically-charged nature of the “research”. That’s fine too. Party over principles. I can understand all that.

        But it doesn’t mean I have to sit silently and ignore the rotting corpse of the elephant in the corner. I don’t have to, and won’t.

        • Why not, because it always turns out the same. Certain people ripping on the President and others defending him. What does it have to do with Venezuela?

        • Look, I support Trump. But I think they’re blowing this memo thing up beyond what is. Like they’re blowing up the Russia collusion accusations. (I mean, what the fuck does collusion mean?)

          To me, the big issue and some talking heads on TV have mentioned it, is FISA in the first place.

          I always believed, and I think the vast majority of Americans believed, that FISA was enacted to prevent imminent acts of TERROR. It wasn’t mean as a CIA/NSA tool for whatever they wanted.

          So why the hell did they request, and why was it approved, for someone posing no terrorist threat?

  3. Interesting stuff from The Economist, seems largely on point.

    “We are still way above North Korea’s 1,08, though, world champion of authoritarianism. Yay!”

    Damn! But Klepto-Cubazuela is now even worse than North Korea, where people at least aren’t starving. When will the Economist come up with a worldwide Kleptocracy Index. We would surely be #1!!!

    • “Out of a total population of approximately 22 million, somewhere between 240,000 and 3,500,000 North Koreans died from starvation or hunger-related illnesses, with the deaths peaking in 1997.[7][8] A 2011 U.S. Census Bureau report put the likely number of excess deaths during 1993 to 2000 at from 500,000 to 600,000” Wikipedia.

      • That’s surprising, I thought they’d be planting rice and corn everywhere, at least. According to this, Kleptozuela isn’t even among the 60 top hungriest countries, with N.Korea at #29.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Hunger_Index

        The “Hay Hambre” claim in Cubazuela is probably exaggerated, compared to world levels, mainly because Venezuelans never knew hunger before.

        • Maybe because the statistics (probably falsified in the 1st place) havent been updated ……, in any event starvation where there was none before is a sign of goss governamental mismanagement …….we can all personally attest that there are people of our close acquiantance which are close to starvation because either the food they seek cannot be found or because the rising prices place them above their capacity to buy them ….!! Thats the regimes lie also , ‘reports of humanitarian crisis are exagerated ….’ , maybe there are people abroad who will buy it but no one who lives here.!!
          .

  4. “Damn! But Klepto-Cubazuela is now even worse than North Korea, where people at least aren’t starving. When will the Economist come up with a worldwide Kleptocracy Index. We would surely be #1!!!!”

    I stumbled on a website a while back that had lots of photos of the N. Korean countryside and one thing really surprised me. From what I could tell, it looked like they’d planted corn on every square foot of open ground they could find, right up to the train stations. I’ll bet very little of it gets stolen too.

  5. Would be nice if people wouldn’t conceive Democracy as a static Dogma but rather a basic set of ideals from which you can improve upon. Just like Software (which is orders of magnitude simpler than Government yet it goes under constant revisions to improve and fix bugs)

    If you are really pragmatic and objective, then focus on the results, you would realize that Democracy (as implemented in Venezuela after Perez Jimenez) didn’t work that well and in fact it is the reason why we ended up with Chavismo.
    How is it possible and the numbers back this up, that a dictator like Perez Jimenez did better in almost any measure than the following Democratic period ending up in its eventual collapse with Chavismo?!

    Asides from Ideals, the crude reality even though I can repeat it many times, yet people can’t register it, is that the overwhelming majority of people (pick any country) has no idea nor can handle enough information about the complex issues that goes into properly Governing a country, let alone picking objectively their favorites candidates based on little, no information or even disinformation.

    If the major complain about Politicians (again pick any country) is Competitiveness and Morality then the system need to change to improve the output.

    Elections have become nothing more than Charisma contests, where the one that can manipulate and captivate the masses wins, regardless if it is qualified for the job or not.

    How is it possible that a candidate to the Presidency of the USA no need to show taxes, yet a person who wants to become US citizen has to show the last 5 years of taxes ?!!

    How is it fucking possible or make any sense at all that there are no strict qualifying demands to become President of the Republic?. No army in the World would accept as a Top General an outsider whos major attribute is to be charismatic clown, no Hospital would hire a Doctor without Medical education, no serious University would take an student without an admission test, etc etc.

    Being the President of a Republic is probably the more complex and powerful job anyone can have yet for some mysterious reasons it lacks the strict qualifications that such responsibility merits. When you see Medicine Doctors, Real State moguls, TV personalities, Bus drivers, even Coupsters as Presidents in some on these Democracies then is impossible not to wonder that things need to change.

    • Saudi Arabia has never known democracy , they have their own culture and political customs: paternally authoritarian …….their standard of living is much higher than ours , they do not know the starvation and ruin that we know here !!

    • And he didn’t mention King Hussein of Jordan either. Watch a couple interviews of him, GPS today for example.

      Btw, VT, how you feeling after the daily ass pounding you’ve been taking these past weeks? You can get a prescription for industrial strength hemorrhoid cream from your local emergency Trumpcare facility.

  6. I’M SHOCKED that the Economist would allow the US to be a flawed democracy. They used to be pretty centrist, but about 20 years ago I stopped my subscription when they took a hard left turn.

    What a shame. Because of the politically motivated hatchet job of US politics and the resulting “subjective” downgrade of US democracy due to a presidential election that didn’t go to Shrillery, one must assume the rest of the analysis just as flawed.

    • The Economist did not allow the US to become a flawed democracy. The US became a flawed democracy in its own merits, and it had nothing to do with Trump.

      Don’t get me wrong, I love the US, and even though I was born and raised in VZ, I feel more at home here than I ever felt back there. I fell in love with the US reading the founding fathers, particularly Jefferson and Thomas Paine.

      In my mind, the moment when the US became a flawed democracy was when pushed by Rumsfeld and Cheney decided to turbocharge FISA through the Patriot Act. It was a hysterical reaction to 9/11, when the GWB administration decided that security was more important than freedom. They should have read the words of Benjamin Frankilin: Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. You could also add the decision to ignore Geneva convention guidelines in the treatment of captured enemies, and the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques”, something that you would expect from a banana republic (ruled by a bus driver), but not from a beacon of democracy.

      • Uh, no.

        The Economists analysis was purely subjective. The US didn’t suddenly become a flawed democracy overnight because they elected Trump. There wasn’t a single objective change in the United States method of democracy that occurred between Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

        As I mentioned, the Economist took a hard left turn about 20 years ago, and instead of reporting on economic/political issues of the day, became the latest elitist rag for the guilt-filled Social Justice Warriors of the political left.

        My wife too was born and raised in VZ, so you don’t have to be born here to have an opinion about the United States. She too loves Venezuela, but now she considers herself a US citizen and is only too happy to wash her hands of the shitstorm that is Venezuela. To quote Mrs Guapo, “The United States is the best and worst of everything”.

        We take the good with the bad.

        • IIRC, The Economist is British. What I found annoying was having to read the whole darn 20+ paragraphs of an article to get to the point of it, at the very end. I prefer the American style, with the point of it in the headline, or in the first paragraph.

          American: Ali KO’s Foreman.
          British: A Short History of Boxing. — Boxing traces back to Ancient Greece, at the least, where contestants strapped rocks to their fists with thin strips of leather binding. [Insert 20 paragraphs about leather bindings, knots, arenas, sand, other sports, the advent of the automobile.] Ali KO’s Foreman.

          American: Socialists Kill.
          British: In the birthplace of democracy, Ancient Greece, the ideas of cooperative action by the whole population to the benefit of the average man came to the forefront. [Insert 20 paragraphs about how working together as a team of a nation and redistributing wealth to the disadvantaged and emotionally challenged is an example of the true nature of man.] If you disagree with our thought we kill you.

  7. “According to them, this polarisation and the “bitter partisanship” that compromises the proper functioning of the U.S. Government are the most serious threats for the American democracy in the near future.”

    If the crybabies would quit whining and get on board with the Trump agenda, then maybe America could get back in the good graces of The Economist.

  8. The basic problem with power is that it intoxicates those that wield it so after a while they tend to become abusive and self serving in the exercise of their authority to the detriment of the welfare and freedom of those they rule , the only cure for that is to have in place a system which allows for their replacement thru periodic elections and where there are people that will hold them accountable for any deviation or failure in their performance …..that system is democracy , the importance of democracy is not that it makes for good govts , because as we all know people arent that smart choosing their leaders and if not very cautious and mature can get seduced and manipulated by cheap theatrical tricks or bribed with distribution of benefits that cant be afforded and that lead to the financial ruin of the country they inhabit. the purpose of democracy is really to control the madness that dominates the mind of whoever wields too much power, democracy doesnt work miracles and can be degraded any number of ways , but the basic function its meant to provide is very real and very important …..!! you need a state that works , a rule of law that limits the worst excesses of the powermad and a system of accountability that allow for the monitoring and grading of the govt performance and for its periodic performance without having to resort to violece …this last part is what democracy is supposed to do!!

  9. Does anyone here seriously think that the Economist devoted the time and resources to do an in depth analysis of the governance of over 100 nations? And even if they did, what difference does the Economists’s subjective rating of Venezuela’s dictatorship? Here in the US, a publication subjectively rates hundreds of colleges and universities annually. These subjective surveys are with all due respect pablum. filler for slow news days. I read CC for its expertise on Venezuela. If I wish to have the Economists’s I’ll buy a coy at a newstand. I know it is difficult to publish fresh and relevant stories on a daily basis but surely there is something happeing in Venezuela more compelling than a sumary of a story in the Economist. Right before your eyes an enormous event is taking place with horrendous human consequences, an unthinkable bankrupting of a country drenched with an unfathonable amount of oil. You can do better than regurgitate the Economist to us.

    • Well, it’s definitely newsworthy on CC considering VZ’s ranking. And CC has to fill pages, like all media.

      I can understand how this type of article might seem irrelevant to some, but this one doesn’t rub me the wrong way.

      The LGBT articles…

      Now THOSE drive me crazy.

    • Agreed Mr. Crispin. The country is bankrupt, oil production is plummeting, and yet the government continues to hand out very heavily-subsidized boxes of food that have zero local content. While I’ve seen a few stories about the CLAP program over the last year, if they haven’t alredy done it, I think an excellent article would look at the size and scope of the program today, exactly how and from where the products are procured, the amount of money spent, and finally, where the money actually goes when it’s all said and done.

      I examined a CLAP box today for the first time in a long while and was surprised to find that it contained 100% Brazilian products. Nothing from Mexico and it appears our Sandanista buddies are tired of supporting the regime’s socialist dream. That’s a dramatic change from the last one I examined.

      • There are various nuggets like that on Aporrea. What I meant to say is that there is obviously no “hate law” or other government censorship on Aporrea. Plenty of these folks are very critical of Maduro and “Hair” and corruption. A few say out loud that the claims of economic war are total bullshit Maduro trying to deflect from his terrible economic policies. Like people on this blog, they cannot understand how Venezuela is not self-sufficient at least for food production. However, unlike (most) on this blog, their solution is usually to go full commie with the means for production. The old “this is not real socialism; this is klepto-capitalism.”

        Anyway, that’s my takeaway.

  10. I think we knew this was coming?

    At the last minute, the CNE prevents Primero Justicia from going to the reparations phase

    The principal rector of the National Electoral Council, Luis Emilio Rondón, announced that the entity will prevent Primero Justicia from going to the repair phase, scheduled for this weekend, which would allow it to be validated as a political organization.

    Rondón explained that the CNE modified the conditions of the process of validation of political parties, not complying “with the timetable already approved and published”, with which the yellow awning would be invalidated to participate in the next presidential elections.

    The Electoral Power ordered the political parties to carry out the validation process again by refusing to participate in the mayoral elections. Acción Democrática was the only organization that obtained the necessary signatures to validate last weekend. While Voluntad Popular warned that it would not participate.

    ~~~~~~~~

    A última hora, CNE impide que Primero Justicia vaya a fase de reparos

    El rector principal del Consejo Nacional Electoral, Luis Emilio Rondón denunció que el ente impedirá que Primero Justicia vaya a la fase de reparación, pautada para este fin de semana, que le permitiría validarse como organización política.

    Rondón explicó que el CNE modificó las condiciones del proceso de validación de partidos políticos, incumpliendo “con el cronograma ya aprobado y publicado”, con lo que la tolda amarilla quedaría invalidada para participar en las próximas elecciones presidenciales.

    El Poder electoral ordenó a los partidos políticos volver a realizar el proceso de validación por negarse a participar en las elecciones de alcaldes. Acción Democrática fue la única organización que obtuvo las firmas necesarias para validarse el fin de semana pasada. Mientras que Voluntad Popular advirtió que no participaría.

    https://www.lapatilla.com/site/2018/02/02/a-ultima-hora-cne-impide-que-primero-justicia-vaya-a-fase-de-reparos/

    I’m pretty much thinking that HR Allup will be meeting Quislings fate?

  11. At the same time they are disquilifying ex chavista minister General Rodriguez Torres from holding any kind of govt job for a full year , probably because he made noises to the effect that the Marudo regime had to be replaced and in a radio interview said ‘that he was ready to serve Venezuela in whatever position it called him to assumme’ , they are either trying to prepare for an election where there are no opposition candidates that can wittle their chances of fraudently winning the election or they are creating pressures on the oppo to accept the conditions that they have offered to reach an agreement , maybe involving the acceptance of the authority of the fake constitutional assembly or leaving the composition of the CNE untouched….as a condition for allowing for giving PJ a chance of rehabilitating its status as an active political organizaton !!

  12. “I examined a CLAP box today for the first time in a long while and was surprised to find that it contained 100% Brazilian products”.

    I was wondering about the context of that infamous Klepto-Cubazuelan Pandora Box. (KCPB).

    I also wonder, do the Venezuelan pueblo-people, salivating for each Brazilian KCPB, ever wonder why these products cannot be produced in their own fertile lands? Are they ignorant enough to believe it’s because of the Empire’s Economic War? Are the so under-educated to think it’s the Derecha Fascista that is acaparando all the Kleptozuela food production, or that it’s an international financial conspiracy?

    If they are starving indeed, (debatable when you look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Hunger_Index) that “bravo pueblo” should have taken the streets long ago. I suspect they don’t starve that much, Millions are complicit in Fat Guisos everywhere, at all levels, or are they really that ignorant and that afraid??!

    • KCPB hahaha. Yeah, the billion billion bolivar question. That is, how many of these water head retards actually think to ask themselves this very obvious question and come up with the very obvious conclusion: There is NOTHING VENEZUELAN ABOUT CLAP!! It is all about some big fish making big bucks off of the divisas by importing f*ck all and doing some creative kleptozuelan accounting; then putting village idiots, baboons and thugs in charge of its distribution/theft; and finally claiming it a victory in the name of the glorious robolution in a 30 second sound byte on VTV. That is CLAP in a nutshell.

    • Venezuela has an index number of 13 (on the scale of 0 – 100, 13 is “moderate hunger”, one notch worse than Brazil, Colombia, etc., which are “low” [hunger] – Brazil is 5.4). Maybe not so surprising, Venezuela is right there in the company of other socialist “all for the people” regimes like Bolivia and Nicaragua.

      However … who has access to gather and tabulate the data? How much data comes from government, and how much from censored sources? And how do averages reflect relatively isolated sectors? E.g. some barrios might have index numbers around 40 (alarming), but when averaged in with every other sector, it works down to 13.

      When you see videos of people looting a poultry farm and running away with live chickens, that’s not looting for the money involved. I mean, if you’re going to screw yourself by stealing, there are more profitable things to steal than all-you-can-carry-in-two-hands live chickens. And trucks looted for food? That’s not about money, either. Beating a steer to death with sticks isn’t about money, either. Even allowing for click-bait and hyperventilation in media, people were yelling about inflation many years ago, and it’s only recently that the numbers have become so wild they’re usually only treated as hypothetical examples that no one expects to actually materialize. Part of the problem with Venezuela is that you just don’t know about a lot stuff. Like the alleged $300,000,000,000 dollars of missing oil revenues, and the true intent of MUD – not to mention the true intent of Maduro, the FAN, et.al..

      I wouldn’t be surprised at all if next year the people who do that Global Hunger Index revise Venezuela upwards to “alarming” – up there with India and Indonesia (mid-20’s) – but I would be surprised if it were revised up to the 40’s like Chad, Sudan, and Zambia.

      What distinguishes Venezuela is that it has fallen so far.

  13. It never ceases to amaze me how many of the commenters find and make the time to criticize the CC editors, quibble about Pres. Obama’s heritage, laud Pres. Trump’s accomplishments in the stock market, let alone fault the author for “regurgitating pablum” about an article about “comparative Democracy”. Doesn’t this debacle really boil down to whether Venezuela is a Democracy or not? Really? If I may, rather than take up space on the “free cloud” of comments, redirect your energies and submit your own article for publication. It could be quite liberating. Just saying.

    • Its the internet. Keyboard warriors.. all of us.

      I am reminded of the internet meme about arguing on the internet and the Special Olympics.

      Google that image

  14. Supply of clap boxes is extremely irregular , talked yesterday to a lady from the interior who really needs them to survive and has so far recieved only 3 of them , not enough to keep her and her family fed …so they scrounge from relatives to survive …..

    • If they were regular and one was missed then there would be a riot. Since they are irregular and one does not know when the next one will arrive one must be a good citizen and not complain lest one risk never receiving one again

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