Blogging will be very erratic for the next three weeks, thus....
... I am doing a first time experience. I will have an open thread, with moderation as I hope that I will be at least able to check the blog every couple of days to approve messages. Please, I will require thoughtful comments from the following themes or other you may deem relevant since it is an open thread after all.
Do you consider Venezuela today to be a dictatorship? And why?
If you think not, that it is not a dictatorship, just a mere authoritarian regime, tell us why you think you can make such a distinction.
I mean this thread seriously because I think we should clarify terms in view of what has happened in Venezuela over the last couple of years. So take you time, think about it and post, or reply to those who post. Since there is moderation, take your time to be thoughtful as your comment may be delayed up to 48 hours..... Also, even if I post something, I will still keep this thread on top, a two weeks reader discussion. I am challenging you.
And yes, chavistas are not welcome to this thread because if you think that Venezuela is a fully functional democracy then you are insulting our intelligence by denying what cannot be denied anymore. You are not here to debate, you are agents provocateurs.