Dolares-y-bolivares

Maduro’s stealth devaluation

It’s easy to be dispirited by Maduro’s address last night. The three-hour rant was only occasionally peppered with substantive announcements, and none of them were clear enough to really know where the government is headed. But even if we take the most optimistic of views about the substance of what he said – and this note…

Plan de la patria

Overcoming capitalist savagery at Farmatodo Bella Vista

From Hugo Chávez’s 2012 campaign platform (emphasis is mine): “We wish to continue building XXIst Century Bolivarian socialism in Venezuela as an alternative to the savage capitalist model, and through this ensure the greatest sum of social safety, the greatest sum of political stability, and the greatest sum of happiness for our people.” “We wish to…

Colas Unicasa

Global crisis, personal impact

Over at the Transitions blog, I tried to convey how the oil crisis is hurting ordinary people in Venezuela. Here is the main point I was going for by using snippets of stories from people I know: The Venezuelan crisis affects everyone, but to varying degrees. There are still plenty of wealthy people in the country, many…