NOT UNDER SOCIALISM. NEXT QUESTION? Can Venezuela Be Saved?
This is a very, very long New York Times feature, with ponderous paragraphs like this one…
Historians have come up with all sorts of arguments about the arc of Venezuelan history and how things went so wrong. A couple of points strike me as indispensable to any case: Venezuela is the birthplace of Latin American independence and sits on the largest proven reserves of oil in the world. How you interpret the role of these factors in any given historic event is a matter of personal politics and granular debate, but you can’t have a serious discussion about Venezuela without taking both into account. For most of the past century, the country has whipsawed between political movements that court and reflect and sometimes renounce the legacy of anti-imperialism and the towering glut of riches.
…and yet can’t find the time for even one use of the word “socialism” or “socialist.”
But there is an answer to the headline’s question: “Get the hell out of my way!” as the wise man once said.