Venezuela’s useless elites

“That thing you just said,” he growls, pointing right at me, “that Cadivi is a subsidy for the rich … that is FALSE!” My dad’s friend is a smart, well-respected maracucho lawyer, someone I looked up to when I was growing up. He’s fired up at my comment, his voice raised in anger, but also…

Love Chávez; Hate the Government

Some friends invited me to the Comuna Cacique Tiuna, the big new housing development behind the Poliedro, in Caracas’ southwest corner. I tagged along hoping for some insight on low-income housing in Chávez’s Venezuela, and on the people who benefit (and suffer) from it. Our contact at Cacique Tiuna was the head of the Communal…

Is Leopoldo López Venezuela’s Rick Perry?

I was reading through the excellent comments debate that followed Juan’s Capriles post – really, it’s been a long time since so much good stuff came out in our forum – and suddenly it struck me: where’s Leopoldo? Even among my readers, who should be friendly ideological territory if ever there was one, the guy…

67% of Likely Oppo Primary Voters are Class D and E

That’s one a key nugget from that Datanalisis December paper – it’s on page 14. More than 2/3rds of self-reported likely voters in the opposition primary are likely to be struggling working class/poor people in class D and E. We’re not talking about the General Election here, we’re talking about the MUD primary. I think that…