Chavez gets broad powers to remake Venezuala - Journal of Omnifarious
Jan. 31st, 2007
10:37 am - Chavez gets broad powers to remake Venezuala
Here is the article: Chavez gets powers to remake Venezuela
I've thought Chavez was an interesting character in the past, and my general feeling about him was positive. But this really makes me nervous. I feel that very few good things come from centralized power. It is better at obstructing and destroying than making new.
While I understand (from hearsay evidence, so I might well be wrong) that Central and South America have a big problem with a small group of people controlling most of the wealth, and it being impossible for someone who isn't already part of the wealthy group to become part of it. In other words, those parts of the world have a closed class system supported by family ties. This requires some sort of intervention to correct. Repeated violent revolts have seemed to be ineffective in dislodging the system.
But I'm not sure that creating a giant block of centralized power who's goal is to undo it will work. Chavez will have to be remarkably honest and enlightened. Perhaps he is all that, but history would generally say that people in such positions are not actually up to the job.