Saturday, January 9, 2010

Problems when you’re a dictator

It is not easy being a tyrant, lots of decisions to be made, many people to murder, freedom loving people to lock up just to mention a few arduous tasks. The Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez isn’t an exception from this rule. Having ruined the country and facing 25% inflation, as well as reduced foreign earnings this fatty have now announced that the national currency will be devalued by at least 17%.

Where have we seen that before I wonder? Oh, just with pretty much every totalitarian country in the history of the world. Mugabe is probably the latest one doing the same thing.

Well, anyway, economic fears and some pesky people wanting democracy aren’t the dictator’s only worries. He’s also rattling his sword against his neighbors, probably setting up a situation for war as soon as all his socialist plans have failed. You can always count on those funny men to start a war when there’s no other way to go. And as if that wasn’t enough the ever expanding plumpiness that is Chaves now claims that a U.S. military plane entered Venezuelan airspace and was met by his military's F-16s, which escorted it out.

Oh no, that too? Poor sod.

But as any dictator he can relax with lots of food, dine and drink with some of his terrorist friends and send money to drug smugglers and warlords. No matter what, it is good to be king.


  1. Haha i really feel sad for you, you dont seem to have a clue how the world works. you should keep watching Buffy.

  2. LOL, what a deluded piece of garbage.

  3. Awww... have missed you Anonymous guys protecting your murderess socialist heroes. Thought some would crawl out of the woodwork as soon as the dictator Chavez was mentioned.

    Just for future reference, please argue why I'm wrong and why it is garbage. I normally allow anything to pass, but it also need some substance.

  4. Last time I checked; Chaves was elected president even though the right (with a little help from the military, police and private media) tried to coup him away more than one time. You may dislike his politics, but calling him a dictator is an offense to the majority of Venezuelans that actually voted for him.

    But isn’t it so that (liberal?) right wingers tend to accept democratic elections as long as the outcomes are favorable for them – and not their opposition? Perhaps the same thing can be said about the parts of the left, but it doesn’t make your statement less offensive and authoritarian.

  5. Chaves is not a dictator, he was elected and have support of a majority of the population.

  6. Ah, you previous posters beat me to it!

    First off, greetings to the ANONYMOUS blog owner (who racks down on others for being anonymous), thanks for your entertaining blog.

    It's interesting how glaringly contradictory your views are, I am starting to think that you get some of your opinions straight off of other peoples blogs (particularly on economy issues) and then you mix in your own views, which in this case, quite frankly are totally off the wall and based on false information.

    Like others have pointed out, Chavez has been elected (TWICE) by the majority of Venezuelans. So, by definition, he isn't a dictator. Of course, one could argue the same for Adolf Hitler who was also democratically elected, but at least Chavez has not started any wars or tried to exterminate a certain ethnic group of people yet.

    As for your claim that Chavez has "ruined the country", well he certainly has been generous with spending on education and health care. The MAJOR reason why Venezuela is suffering now is because of the global economic crisis, which we all know was a staged heist by the Wall Street Gang.

    This leaves Chavez in a classical political dilemma: reduce spending to balance the budget and risk voter dissatisfaction or continue spending like nothing has happened which eventually forces the central bank to devaluate the currency. We have seen this many times before on all continents at some point in modern history.

    The reason why Chavez and Venezuela are in the crosshairs of our established media and elected officials is because you got a guy who doesn't want to "play the game" (i.e. play the Globalist harp) but instead make up his own rules and be independent.

    Now, if Venezuela had no oil at all, maybe they'd even let him get off the hook. But as you probably know, Venezuela has supplies a lot of crude oil to the US and it has the largest oil reserves in South America (surpassing even Brazil's newly discovered fields in the Santos Basin) and falling just short of Saudi Arabia's oil reserves. Most of the heavy oil fields in Venezuela remain undeveloped and its a prize there for the taking...

    That is the main reason why the US has been encircling Venezuela with increased military presence, first in Colombia, where they will now expand their presence, and recently the air force assets in Aruba and Curacao. Of course, this is all done in the name of "combatting drug trafficking", while the flow of drugs from South America remains unintterruped thanks to "Air America". So, one can understand why Chavez feels paranoid, after all, the CIA tried to overthrow him in 2002.

    You are of course free to write whatever you want, but before trying to come off as someone informed, try to read up on things and you might not end up looking like a fool.

  7. brainwashed? hmm... a lot i think!

    sad your so blind..

  8. What does it take for Chaves to qualify as an democratic president?

  9. First a general answer: Yes, the dictator Chavez have been elected. That does not change that he is, per definition, a dictator. His word is law; he’s closing down radio stations, confiscating property, oppressing opposition, throwing some out of the country and others in jail, imposing socialism and so on. The list goes on and on.

    Whether or not people voted for him is secondary. Democracy isn’t the same as the voting process, anyone believing this or saying this is either lying or oblivious for the concept. Many rulers have been elected into office or grabbed power and then made people vote for him over and over. We see the same in North Korea, China and many other places today. Stalin even had 117% in one election because, apparently, millions of people from other countries streamed in to vote for him. And let’s not forget that Hitler (as someone pointed out) got elected, twice, in what actually was pretty fair election even in comparison with the Venezuelan ones wherein the despot used all his power and the billions of the taxpayers own money to bribe and scuff aside any opposition.

  10. @Alexander:

    My views are in no way contradictory, rather the opposite. My opinions are very clear on most subjects. I support the common man, entrepreneurial spirit and the poor people on this planet. I oppose banksters, politicians, EU, fascism, the US war machine and big business. I’m for our basic freedoms such as freedom to think, act, write, and say whatever. I am against any restrictions comes to internet or peoples religion or their way of life. In short, I am a libertarian.

    My opinions and everything I write are my own, but all of them are based in my steadfast believe in personal freedom and the notion of non-aggression policies. Sometimes I steal sentences, pictures or information from other bloggers, news-sites or whatnot, which isn’t that strange, that we all do.

    Although it is true that the Wall Street Mafia, and many other banksters around the globe, is very much responsible for the economic crisis, they couldn’t have done so without legislators say so. There are many people to blame, but basically sheep credits, fraudulent behavior, too much socialism and expanding government acted together within the confines of the elitists righteous enemy class which always, without exceptions, have lead to the same thing.

    Comes to Venezuela it is true such crisis have impacts there as well, however, the Venezuelan crisis emerged several years earlier and most of the things seen cannot be explained with the basis mentioned. The inflation for example is a Chavez debacle all throughout. The productive capacity, which has diminished severely, can also be blamed on the dictator.

    Although partly true that his situation can be compared with many other countries and the dilemma many politicians face, his dictatorial powers makes him liable in a different way. Also any decision to devalue the currency and similar stupidities lies with him.

    And then I don’t get what you’re talking about. Media loves this guy, for the most part. With the exception for the closing down of radio stations and those guns he gave to the terrorist organizations, all we ever hear is how he sends money to the poor, oppose the US, fights to save the planet from global warming and help other countries with aid. Very little negative is being said from our very leftie media. I don’t think any media has even mentioned how the dictator have circumvented the Venezuelan constitution, changed laws to his liking and murdered people in the opposition. Very hard to find those facts in the mainstream media.

    Then you’re probably right about the US of A’s intentions, although I do also think there are some “legitimate” reasons for that leftie country to do what they do. Things are rarely as easy as you seem to think.

  11. Thanks for your thorough reply. I share many of the same values as you do, so it's interesting to see where this discussion will go.

    First off, I don't like to split hairs, but to me it is contradictory that you stand for libertarian principles and oppose US expanionism while you criticize Chavez in a unbalanced manner, using the same rethoric as the majority of right-wingers in the media today.

    Your points regarding falling productivity in Venezuela prior to the crisis do have some traction, after all, Chavez has nationalized many companies, including hotels (!) and we all know that a government should never run a business. Period. However, this slow decline has been accelerated tenfold due to the current crisis, and it is the crisis which is forcing him to devalue (since he doesn't want to cut spending) and not so much previous policies.

    However, I can't help but feel that you are trying to single out Chavez simply because he is a leftist/communist with dictatorial powers -- although NOT a dictator -- I still do not agree that we label him as such since he has been elected, through an electoral process equally plagued by interference as any recent US election. If you're going to call Chavez a dictator, then we should call Obama a dictator too. But, here we are again, splitting hairs.

    Let's not forget that Bush and Putin have granted themselves dictatorial powers too, just to name some well known examples. Anyone who calls the USA or Russia a democracy is obviously not living on this planet. And if you look at our new EU president, Mr. Van Rompuy, also has dictatorial powers. As you probably know, the citizens of the EU cannot remove him, since he has not been elected to office but appointed by his peers.

    One could of course pose the question, what is democracy anyway? It's just a term these days. There is no true democracy in the world today, which I'm sorry to say is our, i.e. the peoples, fault entirely. IMHO, the closest the world ever got to a real, modern, democracy was the Anarchist State of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War.

    Alas, using violence to achieve a true democracy is not the way...

  12. @ Alexander

    I don’t care what rhetoric or opinions others have, if you believe I do, you’ve not read much around here. I’m a libertarian, which means I’m against US terrorism against innocent villages as well as against Chavez totalitarian ideas. It means I loathe banksters, tricksters and the rich and wealthy with their greedy palms stealing from the common man, it means I’m against government taxation and regulation. There’s no conflict in this.

    As with any crisis things can be made worse or better depending on what you do. As stated the Venezuelan economic worries started before, and it has been made worse because of the state of Chavez little experiment. Comes to devaluing the currency that is the dictator’s decision, and that’s the point. It’s not the governments, the central banks or a committees, it’s his, the dictators. He decides, as with most other things and that per definition makes the guy a despot.

    And I’m not singling out Chavez, there’s lot of other idiots around the globe. He is however another example of how socialism doesn’t work. The electoral process in Venezuela during both the general elections and referendums has been riddled with all the things that are typical for any dictatorship. All the money, power etc. lies in the hands of Chavez, he uses threats and thugs to do his bidding, he bribes the general public with founds he has stolen from them, people have gotten murdered (although only loosely tied murders to Chavez, nothing proven) and so on and so on. Sure you can find similarities in all general elections, but nothing this severe outside any dictatorship.

    Obama isn’t a dictator, he rather runs a fascist (or rather close to it) government built around an oligarchy. But by most definitions USA is still a democracy, barely, and deteriorating every minute, just as Russia and most other countries. I would hardly call Sweden or UK democracies either, but they still hold some traits of it and haven’t (yet) crossed those final lines, Venezuela however, has.

    But when we talk about the European Union, we seem to be in agreement.

    Democracy has many definitions actually, not one as the elitists wants us to believe. There are some common threads as certain freedoms and the voting process, but in the end I wouldn’t pay much attention to what anyone within the mainstream says in this regard.

    I too can pay some homage to Anarchist Catalonia, as well as some other historical examples like the early Viking way of ‘governing’. However, those few had many flaws and even if we can agree upon that their democratic tendencies to a certain extent were good examples, it is hard to argue for them.

    Violence can be used to achieve a better society, but the best way of course is to enlighten people and make them think. The later however is an impossible task since most people are morons and happily follow their puppet masters.