Maduro Ain’t Chávez

March 20, 2013

In his attempt to be like Hugo, Maduro is showing he ain’t Chávez as in this TV scene in which he starts reading Tweets to his new Twitter account and reads one which was essentially telling him that people are not paying attention to him:

Nicolás Maduro: No te estamos parando bolas pana, estamos viendo el programa… (Maduro, brother,  we don’t give a damn about what you are saying, we are watching such and such a program)

Chávez would have been quick enough to ignore the comment…He recovered fast by saying maybe the guy is watching two TV’s at once, but too late.

37 Responses to “Maduro Ain’t Chávez”

  1. m_astera Says:

    I heard yesterday that the government is going to declare another ley seca, from Saturday March 23 until the beginning of April. The working class Venezuelan telling me this was not happy. He voted for Chavez in the last election, will vote for Capriles this time.

    I would guess the ley seca, this time around, will cost the chavistas around 1 million votes per day. Truly a ham-handed and stupid move.

  2. Sales Man Says:

    Bolivar admired George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

    That’s a good start.

  3. Noel Says:

    Looking at Maduro fumbling and the unexpected annnouncement about the SICAD, one wonders whether conditions are deteriorating fast in Venezuela or whether the government was frozen in the last days of Chavez and is now forced to act quickly with little preparation, coordination or competence?

    • Ronaldo Says:

      It could be both plus more.
      Chavez always acted retroactively with little preparation, coordination or competence

  4. Kepler Says:

    Genes or upbringing? Or perhaps “the Manituh we have or don’t have”

  5. deananash Says:

    This TedTalk seems to confirm what firepigette just wrote. From my perch, Simon certainly nails his target.

    • firepigette Says:


      Yes, the power of the limbic brain.

      We all have a tendency to think that we act on rationality when in reality…

  6. firepigette Says:


    Not to offend you, but so far what you have said makes no sense to me.It is quite simple:

    Look at the many Chavistas who are quite well educated and it disproves your theory.Were most Germans uneducated when they chose Hitler? I think not.

    The problem is emotional.Many Venezuelans feel they are not good enough.They have felt disempowered by a system that has as its primary force the epitome of injustice.

    And racism.Yes.

    Many Venezuelans have harbored resentment of the white population.It is convenient to blame the white culture.

    There is hatred that stems from envy.

    There is fear that stems for powerlessness

    There is anger that fuels revenge.

    These are the true underlying causes of a sick political movement.

    Emotional issues Kepler.

    That doesn’t mean that education is not important.It is.But its lack does not produce hatred.

    Daniel wrote about this recently.Many Chavistas are looking for justification of their culture.This is emotional Kep.

    • syd Says:

      Today was quite the field day for overreaching statements and attempts at pseudo psychology from over 2,000 miles away. We got:

      “Many Venezuelans feel they are not good enough” because of the inherent injustice in the system. (UhhhhHuhhhh…)

      “Many Venezuelans have harbored resentment of the white population.” (Gee, it’s nice to see the mixed-race thousands upon thousands (up to 6.5 million that we know of) at rallies for Capriles, without the racial hatred card that was manufactured and stoked by Chávez for so many years, aided by imported Cuban anger.)

      “The Venezuelan middle class is arrogant.”
      (Every single member from low middle to high middle and every level in between are just a bunch of raging arrogants.)

      Check your sugar levels, firepigette. And get some exercise, before you insult any further.

    • syd Says:

      FP: You got one right: Emotional issues.

      As for the polemic on whether education is important in the hatred continuum, I can only offer my limited opinion.

      Education has a very wide spectrum, way beyond pedagogy (thank God). You can be the humblest and poorest person with little academic education, yet be wiser than the richest man, or the most overeducated fool. It all starts with equilibrium and good communication in the home. From there, it goes to parental teachings of common sense, allowing the learner to discern the gum-flappers from those of substance. In the process, one learns to respect others in the community — both in word and deed. One also learns not to hate, but to see beyond it.

      These are, in simple terms, the origins of good critical thinking. Or so I think. Good critical thinking flourishes in stable economic times. But it can be dashed in an instant, when facing a high degree of geographic, economic and political insecurities.

      Why did so many Germans latch onto Hitler? One need only to read political and economic history to understand the reasons. The economic and political insecurities were at, boiling point, really. The rest, as they say, is history.

      Why did so many Venezuelans latch onto Chávez? Because they knew that their democracy was not stable nor good, because their pocketbooks were hurting, and because they knew there was little social injustice. In spite of his scattered dialogue and non-sequiturs, several of Chávez’s talking points hit a chord with many. The rest, as they say, is history.

  7. M Rubio Says:

    I don’t want to offend any Venezuelans, but I’m going to speak clearly here. Chavismo works because so many Venezuelans really do believe that there is a free lunch. As long as they have dos lochas provided by the government in their pockets, can eat for today, be sure they’ll be able to get drunk over the weekend, life is good. Work? That’s for others.

    • firepigette Says:

      M Rubio, true very true.

      Looking for something that is free stems from a basic sense of not feeling the need to become personally responsible for one’s life and it is not just a Venezuelan trait.There are many in the US like that too.People who want us to have a government who takes care of us from cradle to grave.While that might horrify some, others, more dependent, crave it.

    • I think your reasoning is accurate. For a non venezuelan national (I presume) you have quite the grasp on our situation.

  8. Roy Says:

    Venezuelans are living in a tyranny of the mediocre, everyone chained to the capacities, hopes and dreams of the lowest common denominator, while those who produce and create are reviled as parasitic monsters.

    This cannot last long.

    • Kepler Says:

      Even if things are of a different order, I suppose you had in mind chapter 6 of that book written by that failed Austrian painter and coup monger so many decades ago. And you are right.
      Now, our mission is to do whatever we can to raise the level of information among the population.

      I disagree with Michel when he says “they lack that gene”. It’s an educational thing and by education I mean general education and upbringing.

      Venezuela has always been a feudal country without an elite that for some decent time had a common and long-term vision in favour of the whole country and a certain level of sensitivity to detect the evolution of the different regions.

      Venezuelan oppo leaders need to promote networks nationwide to discuss ways of spreading information about the real world, about sustainable development and pluralism. And when the economics are ready, we will have more chances. To do that we need to educate a person here, a person there that start to question the thugs that are dominating
      most of the country.

      • firepigette Says:


        What do you mean by education? Some of the craziest, most illogical and paranoid Chavistas I know are Psychiatrists, medical doctors, engineers etc.

        My impression is that Chavismo when ,not fueled by fear and/or money interests is created from emotional issues.

        Think about the emotional issues that Fascist ideals target.

        • Kepler Says:

          I forgot to put as Ps that I was not going to answer this to you yet again.

          I have explained you this a zillion times.

          In fact, this time I even added the second paragraph thinking it would be enough this time, that you would remember now what I have already explained so many times, but I see that is not enough. I don’t have time to add a link to any of the other places when I explained that in more detail for you.


        • syd Says:

          Firepigette dixit: Some of the craziest, most illogical and paranoid Chavistas I know are Psychiatrists, medical doctors, engineers etc.

          Is this way generalized statement something like your “I have 1,000 family members living mostly in the barrios”… followed by an ooops, “I misspoke” … interspersed with periodic expressions of your boredom with our numerous discussions?

          Just wonderin’.

  9. Waterloo Says:

    if this does not top them all, it’s certainly up there

  10. You still have the Maisanta List? I am looking for a download link for an experiment. Your previous link is dead. Can you reupload it? Thanks

  11. Omar Says:

    A little of topic I have followed your blog for a long time and admire your take on the money issues that Venezuela has. I was wondering if you could help me find out more information on the bonds that Honduras just put out on the market since I have no clue as to where to go.

    • moctavio Says:

      What do you want to know, they have a 7.5% coupon, mature in 2024 and have a B credit rating. They were issued in the amount of half a billion dollars on March 15th. and they have risen two and a half points. They are unsecured and is the only debt Honduras has in US$. I use Bloomberg, maybe the bloomberg website has the info, I use the professional system.

  12. Kepler Says:

    Seriously: I wonder when the sense of ridicule will start to appear among Chavistas

  13. Carolina Says:

    “A vivir la patria intensamente”. I wonder what he meant with that.

  14. concerned Says:

    Yet another example that simply owning a blackberry does not make you technologically advanced. Too funny.

  15. Dr. Faustus Says:

    What’s with the Bolivar schtick? Isn’t one portrait enough?

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