Re: [xmca] uncouth: Chavez, Krushev

From: David Preiss (
Date: Sun Sep 24 2006 - 21:09:59 PDT

I think that Chavez knows very well what he is doing. And the guy has
charisma and knows how to use it. He is just playing his cord and
acting in a very rational way. Of course, he got publicity and he
capitalized on worldwide anti-Americanism. But I don't think that
nobody benefitted from it, and most certainly didn't Venezuelan poor,
whom notwithstanding living in one of the richest countries in the
world, given Venezuela's natural resources, are being exploited,
along with their needs, by the narcissistic needs of this guy. I
don't think that Latin America needs another leader who is going to
remain more than 50 years in power and that might expose his people
again to a new american like embargo. I don't think that we need more
pseudo-leftist populism. I don't think that we need leaders that
misuse the needs of our poor and the rage against the USA to sit
forever in power. What we need is more democracy, more human rights,
more civil liberties, and all those things that people in the
developed world can enjoy and take for granted. Please don't do like
Gunther Grass who liked Castro for Latin America but of course did
not like a guy like him for Europe. As for Chomsky, I don't think
that a guy like him would resist one day really living under Chavez,
Castro or any of their nemesis...

On Sep 24, 2006, at 11:52 PM, Tony Whitson wrote:

> Maybe Chavez is no saint or hero; but whatever might be said about
> him, it strikes me that there is some commonality between the
> incident of his speech last week, and that of Krushev pounding his
> shoe on the table at a UN GA meeting some 40+ years ago.
> Much of the ridicule seems to have as much to do with social class
> as it does with anything else. If you are suave and sophisticated
> and "diplomatic," theres a lot more you can get away with.
> Meanwhile, why couldn't Chavez have held up one of our books and
> told everybody in the world to read it (Chomsky has skyrocketed to
> #1, in the US and worldwide)?
> What do you think?
> Tony Whitson
> UD School of Education
> NEWARK DE 19716
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