Polemics & Exchanges

No Apologies for Chávez

Having been married to a Venezuelan and a resident of Caracas for nearly 25 years, I was extremely disappointed in Justin Raimondo’s “A Revolutionary Who Wasn’t” (Between the Lines, May).  Hugo Chávez was indeed a revolutionary, from his initial attempt at a coup d’état in 1992 through his interminable hours-long speeches, his friendship with and support of leftist regimes, his obvious loathing of the upper classes, and his own glorification of his Bolivarian revolution.

Despite some positive aspects of his extended rule, such as healthcare and education for the poor, Mr. Chávez by his despotic stance has turned what was once a prosperous nation with a viable and growing middle class into a ruined state.  Hard to imagine why Mr. Raimondo has chosen to be an apologist for such a would-be dictator.

—E.G. Holzapfel
via e-mail

Mr. Raimondo Replies:

While Chávez’s hours-long speeches were no doubt a great burden to you, Mr. Holzapfel, I would suggest that perhaps the late caudillo’s loathing of the upper classes was quite justified, at least from a nationalist—or even a patriotic—point of view.  After all, any “opposition”...

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