In today’s Wall Street Journal, Kejal Vyas and Carlos Becerra have a brutal, engrossing feature about what happens to a small community in Portuguesa, when the government seizes the assets of a big local employer, and replaces it with nothing.
It’s not really true that the academic literature extensively documents the futility of electoral boycotts. Believing it does makes it dead easy for the government to divide the opposition.
Carlos Hernández paints a vivid picture of “election” day in Ciudad Guayana —a day when even people who kind of wanted to vote didn’t, because there were no lines.
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