The crusade of Victor Martínez

Years ago, Victor Martínez was one of the most important members in Lara’s state legislature. Elected as a chavista, he split from the PSUV in 2008 after serious differences with their regional leadership and specially, with former Governor Luis Reyes Reyes. A year later, his life changed. His son Mijail, a human rights activist, was murdered. The crime…

For those of you keeping score at home…

It’s entirely academic at this point, but for those of you keeping score at home: president Chávez has once again brazenly, directly violated the 1999 constitution with the newly unveiled reforms to the Organic Law on the Financial Management of the Public Sector. In direct contradiction to the mandate in Article 312 of the 1999…

The Datanalisis Poll in Full

Slides! Slides! Piping hot Datanalisis slides! Get your slides right here! (link now fixed – oops!) FWIW, Datanalisis also has HCR beating the panoply of imaginable dauphins, though by smaller margins:

Explaining Shortages

Spend a semester in an introductory economics course and the link between price controls and scarcity becomes perfectly clear to you. Thing is, 99% of the population won’t spend a semester studying economics. So…¿cómo se hace? Maybe like this… or like this…

Chavez doesn’t let facts ruin a good excuse

Hugo Chavez finally spoke about crime and insecurity from Havana, just because of the latest recommendations of the U.S. State Departament for those travelling to Venezuela. His response: We’re ain’t that bad, compared to the U.S.A. But wait, the crime rate in America is the lowest in 20 years. Good for Americans, bad for Chávez.…