What’s Happened to Chavismo?

HAVANA TIMES – Cartoonist Manuel Guillen gives us his vision of the current state of the populist policies funded by the oil revenues of the state PDVSA company that marked what is called chavismo (from Hugo Chavez) in Venezuela, now facing a severe economic and political crisis.

Populism. Cartoon by Manuel Guillen/laprensa.com.ni

22 thoughts on “What’s Happened to Chavismo?

  • June 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I trust and admire the Pope. I don’t trust you. IF you really are in Cuba and things are as you say, why do you stay? Confront the authorities with your complaints, not just sit there and enjoy the quality of life the revolution has provided for all.

  • June 24, 2016 at 7:40 am

    It seems if others don’t agree with you then they were “duped”. Duh!

  • June 24, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I am a noncommunist democratic socialist in the mode of Bernie Sanders, the Canadian NDP, and the late Maurice Bishop of Grenada. Neither am I a counter-revolutionary, and will give credit where credit is due. I also believe in nonintervention in the affairs of others, respecting the sovereignty of all. You have chosen another path. If you have a problem with Cuba and the revolution then approach the leadership and tell them. Do it. Don’t just sit there and enjoy the fruit of the land, crying in your rum.

  • June 23, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I believe CErmle’s use of the phrase “off the wall” is a mistranslation of “al pardon!”, a phrase made popular by the Revolution he so admires.


  • June 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    The Venezuelan people were duped. It is a fact that Chavez remains very popular. But his leadership will suffer from the decline of Venezuela because of his decisions.

  • June 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Humorous? You are being very kind.

  • June 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Well said.

  • June 22, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    With regard to the death of Fidel Castro:
    “Although the current Argentinian Pope a fellow Jesuit chose to make a personal visit to the ex-communicated Fidel in 2015 and to be filmed holding hands, even he cannot erase the realities of history. The defined purpose in Pope Francis having 2016 declared as a Holy Year was to promote pardon and forgiveness with priests especially tasked with hearing confessions and giving absolution. In searching for a way to try to save the soul of Fidel Castro Ruz the Pope as a priest has much to overcome to provide absolution. For the undeniable full legacy is there of multiple affairs, of executions, of persecutions, of hatred,of the insatiable thirst for power and control, of pursuit of nuclear conflict and of that over-whelming arrogance that brought about the boasted conviction that:
    “History will absolve me.”
    The Pope has spoken of: “The balm of mercy” but in considering Fidel Castro he is examining a man who has never shown any. When eventually able to access all the facts currently hidden behind the veil, freed Cubans will undoubtedly fail to share Fidel’s self-satisfied egotistical opinion or indeed the Pope’s enthusiasm for forgiveness.”

    Pages 15/16 Cuba Lifting the Veil Carlyle MacDuff

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