Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Giordani "debate" within chavismo

I do feel vindicated: what really matters about Giordani's attempt at self justification is where do his supporters stand and where will they evolve inside chavismo.

Let's start with his support, so far rather meager though significant. Navarro was one of the faithfulest of the faithful of Chavez, a leftist Central University professor that surrendered even his logical scientist background to an irrational love fest toward Chavez. For years there was nearly not a meeting where Navarro was not spotted on the same stage as Chavez, even if in a corner. He occupied several ministry positions (inefficient in all of them, of course). And yet in the last couple of years of Chavez he was less present, almost absent in the end. We have an idea why now: a sickening Chavez could not control his entourage as well and I suspect that Navarro was pushed away by the Maduro AND the Cabello camps.

So Navarro shot back with his own letter demanding that the regime replies to Giordani charges. Poor naive university professor... Tssk, tsssk... Promptly he was dismissed of his positions inside the PSUV chavista organization and will be sent to the disciplinary section where he will be properly chastised, expelled and what not. Promptly least anyone else has the bad idea to demand accounts from the regime.

Unconditional support for Maduro et al is easier to come: all because "we should follow Chavez orders" 'cause, you know, we are good socialists/sons of Chavez/ brain dead zombies/etc... I am just going to point to a particular disgusting one. Not because of what the writer actually writes to justify his to death allegiance, but because Basem Taljedine is also congratulating the mass murderer Assad for his recent "reelection" as a slap against the US and some other nonsense. What is terrible here is that such guys do actually have air times on state media where they can promote their hatred...

Of course, Taljedine is not the only one wanting a final dictatorship to secure the revolution once and for all. We got two more examples. The last one is that the high court clearly violated the constitution, rewriting it outright to allow military to take part directly in political activities. That is right, who is going to question anyone in a public meeting when some military appear to show their support to the questioned individual? Besides, now that chavismo is unable to fill the streets with popular support, why not bring in the troops to fill the empty space? Will any soldier dare to go to an opposition march in uniform?

The other example that escaped me while at the beach was the new minister of transport. Luis Graterol was appointed, coming from the direction of the Caracas airport. What is wrong with that? Well, this is the guy that was in charge of the airport when a few tons of cocaine were smuggled inside an Air France flight. To date, the brains behind the operation have not been found (where they ever sought?), the only people rotting in jail are underlings who simply received orders (from whom?). Graterol at no time was asked to resign for not controlling his airport, which as a military one would have sought him able to do so. If he wanted. Clearly, whether Graterol is involved is not the point, the point is that the regime has no intention of fighting seriously drug traffic, the proper way to be for modern dictatorships.

We are in a dictatorship, I never cease to point out to still too many amazingly deaf ears.


  1. Excellent, as always, to read your analysis, Daniel.

    1. I suppose that it is a reflection on what a couple of cynics we have become vis a vis chavismo ;-]

  2. Anonymous8:12 PM

    Always clear, always right, thanks

  3. Charly2:44 AM

    Daniel: "We are in a dictatorship". I think that when you look at what has become of Chavismo, a new definition is in order. The closest I can come to is a gangster state. Just look at all the plundering that is going on. Why is a bag of cement a few hundred Bolivares? Because the Nazional Guard controls the distribution. They say that he German who got murdered last week at the Eurobuilding had two bodyguards, both active military, moonlighting for a private security company whose owner is a Nazi general. A dictatorship? A free for all! Maduro the dictator? He can't manage his own poop, never mind the rest.

    1. The definition of dictatorship has evolved with time and media. I stick to the simplest one: no peaceful democratic change possible. With that, the modalities in which the dictatorship is exerted may vary widely. they can even include cable TV, some form of free press, etc... But in the end an "elite" holds all the levers and is not willing to share shit.

    2. That's the one definition i follow as well.

      People expect dictatorships to look like Perez Jimenez or some movie crap.


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