That Slope Sure is Slippery

Another hat tip to Setty for pointing us to this pair of genuinely galling articles on the government’s decision to – triple horrified gasp – start charging tuition fees for Universidad Bolivariana language students. Retroactively! You know, back when the government started showing that it considered its contractual obligations about as binding as plasticine shackles,…

Kei-khronicles

For those of you who haven’t used up your 20 free NYT articles this month (on the 28th! for shame!), be sure to check out Simón Romero’s illuminating piece on Keiko Fujimori. It’s a thorough, balanced treatment. My conclusion? She still gives me the heebie-jeebies. (p.s., I wonder how that works at the NYTimes now:…

Under the Radar

Over at the Spanish-language blog, Quico talks about Chuo Torrealba and his indispensable blog. Worth a read. And while you’re there don’t miss Chuo’s inspired response.

DVD killed the Betamax politicians

Loyal reader GTAvex has been on my case for a few weeks. He thinks I’m unfairly maligning the old adeco-style rhetoric without acknowledging its benefits. Obviously, I’m not real sane when hardcore adequismo is at stake. These things are tribal. But that’s not to say that you can’t debate them. And I do think we…

Pablo Pérez Channels His Inner Adeco

So long as we’re looking for examples of presumptive oppo primary contestants on the stump, I thought it only fair to give Zulia Gobernor Pablo Pérez his chance in the form – admittedly – of a two year old clip: The body language, the shouty grandiloquence, the arrechito declamatory style…you can put whatever three letters…

The Eight-Lane Superhighway to Serfdom

Normally, I try to steer well clear of Hayekians. In contemporary discourse, Austrian Economics is the hobby horse of an extremist fringe of market fundamentalists: ferocious parrots with a one track mind centered on a single remedy to all economic ills. Personally, I’m on the center-left, with a strong emphasis on “center”. I think the…

>:( … :)

Notice how in this video, Leopoldo López goes from a furrowed brow to a smiling face, from ominous music to a more hopeful tune, from dark lighting to a brighter one. Visually, it tells a story. I’m not so sure about the message, but if the race for the opposition’s candidacy were decided on the sleekness…