Santos pummels Mockus (updated twice)

We all but predicted Antanas Mockus would coast to victory in the Colombian election, but Colombia’s voters had another plan. Today, in the first round of voting, Colombian voters gave Uribe protegé and Chávez nemesis Juan Manuel Santos a whopping 46% of the votes in the first round. Mockus, in turn, came in second with…

Where we live

A few days ago, I wrote a piece for the Venezuelan Internet magazine Prodavinci on the importance of property rights in Venezuela’s poor barrios. (Click here if you’d like to read it, it’s in Spanish) A commenter left a link to this audio-visual essay, which I found fascinating. You should check it out. Make sure…

Economy Crashes, Government Rejoices

Yesterday marked another insane low in the festering of Hugo  Chávez’s Revolution. In the process of slamming the opposition for supposedly rejoicing over the first quarter drop in GDP, Chávez, in effect, rejoiced over the first quarter drop in GDP.  It’s hard to contain the sheer, blind rage this response sets off in me. In celebrating…

Chabuki watch, #3 (updated)

Former taxman José Vielma Mora will now be known as something other than "the only chavista who is semi-competent": a traitor to the Revolution! Here is Vielma Mora’s hilarious, totally unbelievable attempt to stake out a position as some sort of moderate chavista, a position he conveniently expressed only after he didn’t get the cambur…