In our last two posts (here and here), we tried to articulate some ways of understanding the origins of Hugo Chávez’s rise to power, and his continued popularity despite the damage he caused to Venezuelan economy and politics.
We may have gotten it wrong of course. But probably not as wrong as the French minister of overseas affairs Victorin Lurel who eulogized Chávez by saying:
The world would benefit from having many dictators like Chávez.
So much for deep political analysis!