Quotable Quote

"Practically speaking, the totalitarian ruler proceeds like a man who persistently insults another man until everybody knows that the latter is his enemy, so that he can, with some plausibility, go and kill him in self-defense." -Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [I’m re-reading this now, and while chavismo is much closer to Arendt’s idea…

Memo to the opposition: thanks

(No, I am not being facetious) The opposition umbrella group Mesa de Unidad announced today that it would not meet its January 31st deadline to announce its unity candidates. Instead, it pushed the deadline to February 10th. In a carefully-worded press release, the group said the gerrymandering being done by the chavista-controlled National Electoral Council…

Where did chavismo’s normal go?

Juan Cristobal’s last post – particularly that one-liner about there being "no one normal left in chavismo" – made a few people in the comments section, myself included, pretty uncomfortable. Of course, I’m in no position to go around casting first stones when it comes to flipping my shit over something crazy Chávez just said…

Important man unveils a new tool

Yesterday, the world saw the unveiling of a tool that awed millions. Hugo Chávez’s National Guard unveiled a high-tech little toy they are currently employing in their friendly encounters with the nations’s protesting students. Its intended goal is to revolutionize the way we protest from now on. Much like Steve Jobs did yesterday in San…

My suggestions for the National Assembly

The first month of the new decade is almost gone. With everything that’s going on, it’s easy to forget the opposition leadership promised that, before the month was through, a strategy would be in place for selecting candidates, and we would have the list of places where primaries would be needed. There are still a…