The opposition’s identity problem

Katy says: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is not my favorite. Still, I make it a point to read her since a lot of people do. Sometimes, when she’s good, she taps into what many people are thinking but haven’t really said before. This week Dowd picked on one of the reasons why Hillary…

The opposition’s identity problem

Katy says: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is not my favorite. Still, I make it a point to read her since a lot of people do. Sometimes, when she’s good, she taps into what many people are thinking but haven’t really said before. This week Dowd picked on one of the reasons why Hillary…

The opposition’s identity problem

Katy says: New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is not my favorite. Still, I make it a point to read her since a lot of people do. Sometimes, when she’s good, she taps into what many people are thinking but haven’t really said before. This week Dowd picked on one of the reasons why Hillary…

Leashing the unhinged can be hard work

Katy says: Yesterday, celebrity terrorist and chavista fanatic Lina Ron forced her way into the offices of the Archbishop of Caracas. There, she demanded that the government cease harrassing chavista subversive groups in the “23 de Enero” projects. She also announced that Globovisión was “a target of the Revolution” – in case you didn’t know…

Leashing the unhinged can be hard work

Katy says: Yesterday, celebrity terrorist and chavista fanatic Lina Ron forced her way into the offices of the Archbishop of Caracas. There, she demanded that the government cease harrassing chavista subversive groups in the “23 de Enero” projects. She also announced that Globovisión was “a target of the Revolution” – in case you didn’t know…

Logic 101

Katy says: Leopoldo López is the brilliant, popular, telegenic Mayor of Chacao and one of the opposition’s most promising politicians. We haven’t talked about him in quite some time, but we should, because he is apparently the overwhelming favorite in the race for Caracas Mayor. Leopoldo is also in a heap of trouble. As it…

Logic 101

Katy says: Leopoldo López is the brilliant, popular, telegenic Mayor of Chacao and one of the opposition’s most promising politicians. We haven’t talked about him in quite some time, but we should, because he is apparently the overwhelming favorite in the race for Caracas Mayor. Leopoldo is also in a heap of trouble. As it…

Sinamaica Chronicles

Katy says: “That one over there, that’s my mother’s house. The house next to it also belongs to my mother, but she’s loaned it to make a Barrio Adentro module. That’s where the Cuban doctors work and live.” With these words, Rolando, our boat driver in the Sinamaica lagoon, hinted that he was a hardcore…

Sinamaica Chronicles

Katy says: “That one over there, that’s my mother’s house. The house next to it also belongs to my mother, but she’s loaned it to make a Barrio Adentro module. That’s where the Cuban doctors work and live.” With these words, Rolando, our boat driver in the Sinamaica lagoon, hinted that he was a hardcore…

More from that Francisco Rodríguez piece

Quico says: …which is now available online here. Indeed, Cháveznomics is far from unprecedented: the gross contours of this story follow the disastrous experiences of many Latin American countries during the 1970s and 1980s. The economists Rudiger Dornbusch and Sebastian Edwards have characterized such policies as “the macroeconomics of populism.” Drawing on the economic experiences…

Coming soon in Foreign Affairs

Quico says: It’s great fun to watch Francisco Rodríguez run an analytical bulldozer through a mountain of chavista bullshit. Choice bit: One would expect [the consensus abroad that chavismo has been good for the poor] to be backed up by an impressive array of evidence. But in fact, there is remarkably little data supporting the…

Empire of Doublethink

Quico says: I’m a bit late to this story, but I don’t want to let it go without comment. The way Chávez justified his decision to raise milk prices last month really was something else. Here (edited for clarity) is what he said on Aló back on January 20th: I know and I’m aware that…