One Simple Thesis on the Theme of Magnicide

Quico says: Juan Manuel Santos, Marta Colomina, Leopoldo Castillo, Heinz Sontagg, Miguel Henrique Otero, Nelson Mezerhane, Marcel Granier, Alberto Federico Ravell, even Cesar Miguel Rondón (!!)…have you noticed how pretty much everyone Chávez accuses of plotting to kill him is a household name in Venezuela? (Well, ok: as long as the household in question is…

One Simple Thesis on the Theme of Magnicide

Quico says: Juan Manuel Santos, Marta Colomina, Leopoldo Castillo, Heinz Sontagg, Miguel Henrique Otero, Nelson Mezerhane, Marcel Granier, Alberto Federico Ravell, even Cesar Miguel Rondón (!!)…have you noticed how pretty much everyone Chávez accuses of plotting to kill him is a household name in Venezuela? (Well, ok: as long as the household in question is…

Someone needs to get a grip

Juan Cristobal says: – Quico and I were talking today about running a “whatever happened to?” You know, as in whatever happened to Alfredo Peña, Juan Fernández, Carlos Fernández, Carlos Ortega, Ibéyise Pacheco, Efraín Vásquez Velasco, Manuel Antonio Rosendo… where are these people? Just by chance, Miami-bound muckraker and opposition comecandela extraordinaire Patricia Poleo has…

Someone needs to get a grip

Juan Cristobal says: – Quico and I were talking today about running a “whatever happened to?” You know, as in whatever happened to Alfredo Peña, Juan Fernández, Carlos Fernández, Carlos Ortega, Ibéyise Pacheco, Efraín Vásquez Velasco, Manuel Antonio Rosendo… where are these people? Just by chance, Miami-bound muckraker and opposition comecandela extraordinaire Patricia Poleo has…

Residual memories

Quico says: I’m a bit late to this story, but didn’t want to let it pass without a comment. About a week ago, Luisa Ortega Díaz, Chávez’s prosecutor general, told reporters that no laws were broken in the summary expulsion of Human Rights Watch’s team from Venezuela. As they say in England, “well, she would…

Residual memories

Quico says: I’m a bit late to this story, but didn’t want to let it pass without a comment. About a week ago, Luisa Ortega Díaz, Chávez’s prosecutor general, told reporters that no laws were broken in the summary expulsion of Human Rights Watch’s team from Venezuela. As they say in England, “well, she would…

Residual memories

Quico says: I’m a bit late to this story, but didn’t want to let it pass without a comment. About a week ago, Luisa Ortega Díaz, Chávez’s prosecutor general, told reporters that no laws were broken in the summary expulsion of Human Rights Watch’s team from Venezuela. As they say in England, “well, she would…

The emerald city

Juan Cristobal says: – One of the biggest challenges in writing this blog is bridging the disconnect between our perception of Venezuelan politics and the day-to-day reality on the ground. While I firmly believe that distance isn’t an impediment to staying well informed (in fact, it’s a huge plus), I realize it tends to deaden our…

The emerald city

Juan Cristobal says: – One of the biggest challenges in writing this blog is bridging the disconnect between our perception of Venezuelan politics and the day-to-day reality on the ground. While I firmly believe that distance isn’t an impediment to staying well informed (in fact, it’s a huge plus), I realize it tends to deaden…

The emerald city

Juan Cristobal says: – One of the biggest challenges in writing this blog is bridging the disconnect between our perception of Venezuelan politics and the day-to-day reality on the ground. While I firmly believe that distance isn’t an impediment to staying well informed (in fact, it’s a huge plus), I realize it tends to deaden…

Plato and the paranoia of power

Quico says: In a previous post, I started citing great big chunks of Plato’s republic. Strange as it seems, it isn’t just some gratuitous outburst of pretentiousness (though, of course, there’s a bit of that). What grabbed me was the way Plato treats the concept of tyrannicide. Plato doesn’t beat around the bush. Writing at…

Plato and the paranoia of power

Quico says: In a previous post, I started citing great big chunks of Plato’s republic. Strange as it seems, it isn’t just some gratuitous outburst of pretentiousness (though, of course, there’s a bit of that). What grabbed me was the way Plato treats the concept of tyrannicide. Plato doesn’t beat around the bush. Writing at…

Chavismo Foretold

Quico says: We tend to think of chavismo as shiny and new: all 21st Century and postmodern. But the basic mechanism whereby democracy gradually morphs into tyranny? Plato foresaw it 2400 years ago. Substitute “adecos” for “drones” and “Chávez” for “protector” and, well… There is a law of contraries; the excess of freedom passes into…

Chavismo Foretold

Quico says: We tend to think of chavismo as shiny and new: all 21st Century and postmodern. But the basic mechanism whereby democracy gradually morphs into tyranny? Plato foresaw it 2400 years ago. Substitute “adecos” for “drones” and “Chávez” for “protector” and, well… There is a law of contraries; the excess of freedom passes into…