Archive for January 14th, 2007

A clear guide to the transition from autocracy to dictatorship

January 14, 2007

Last week son Andres Izarra defined the need for the Government to have hegemony in information and communications, today his father William defines how Chavez will transition from autocracy to dictatorship, so that there is no doubt where Chavez is taking us. Some excerpts:

On communal boards or councils, which Chavez is proposing to replace municipalities:

“Communal councils require ideological formation. They must be the political unity of direct democracy. They must have a conscience of where the process is going to deepen it. They can not function only to execute budgets. Communal councils are the first unit of direct democracy, the first revolutionary law. But, of course (those that oppose the Government) may be part of it, if they adjust themselves. The councils can not be used to conspire”

On cultural values:

“There are cultural elements that still prevail and are right-wing. For example, TV transmits values which are not atuned with the evolutionary process, the promotion of gambling, lotteries (My comment: Most are state owned), alcoholic beverages go against revolutionary morals and that is a constant fight. There are people that leave the halls where we give conferences convinced of what we say, but then they impregnate themselves with the reality which is once again, television, public transportation, the routine of going to school, of cleaning clothes and that routine is counterrevolutionary. The effects of what that workshop or conference could have achieved when he/she impregnates himself/herself with reality, when they turn on the TV, which are the national TV channels like RCTV and Venevision, are lost and that is culture that goes against the revolutionary process. There is alienation even in horse racing (also state owned) even if that industry allows social programs. In my opinion, professional baseball is alienation. “

On the revolution being like a child

“We need a new culture to create a new being. That is why in my conferences I illustrate the revolution like being a child. The Venezuelan revolutionary process is a child. We have to counteract the effects of everything assimilated up to now, of the representative democracy and the previous cultural system. It is a long process. But well, since it is a process, we can’t get desperate and say, well we will do it by 2100!. No, one has to live day by day. That is like Hugo Chavez he goes step by step.”

On the speed of the process:

“It has been 8 years of transition and it is time to go to the translation which is to transfer power to the organize community which is the objective of the revolution, that is why political parties lose their essence if they are not in tune with the process.”

On nationalizations

“It is a strategic concept. All communications have to depend on the state as a public good, like oil.

On the counterrevolution

“The leaders of of political parties together with ideological illiteracy and the opposition are the counterrevolutionary structures that still exist”

There you have it, step by step, how the Venezuelan democracy will be turned into a dictatorship.

A picture is worth 10,000 words #19: A long term view of poverty

January 14, 2007

A longer term view of poverty levels in Venezuela to give readers more of a historical perspective than the previous graph from 1998 shown earlier. I could not find a table with these numbers earlier than 1998, but there is a graph in the source below. Thus I took a picture of the graph and blew it up to get the points year by year using the data from the UCAB. (The data seemed to be plotted twice a year in the graph). Notice how poverty went down with the oil boom in the mid-seventies, but rose through the Luis Herrera era, despite a windfall in 1980. There is a dip with the second Caldera presidency as 1998 approached. The peak in 1996 was due to the financial crisis in 1994-95.

Source INE and UCAB in Policies for Social Inclusion by Luis Pedro
Espana in “Un Acuerdo para alcanzar el desarrollo” page 81,
Publicaciones UCAB (2006)

Note: I am now storing all these graphs in the Pictures section, so that they will all be in one place. For some reason, only the last ten can be seen there using the calendar on the left, I will try to figure out why and fix it.