Chavez – Getting It All Wrong

The International Herald Tribune has a story about Hugo Chavez grab for intellectual control of his citizens.  He is steadily turning his country into the kind of horrid place that Cuba, China, Cambodia, Romania and the Soviet Union was/are, where people are forced to turn in their neighbors, family, parents and children for “anti-government” sentiment. 

Separation of powers, the three separate branches of government – legislative, executive and judicial – all necessary to a free and open society.  (Which we have.)  Socialists can not have a free and open society, they can not effectively meddle in private lives if the meddled can protest and be heard. 

One part of the new law, which explicitly requires judges and prosecutors to cooperate with the intelligence services, has generated substantial concern among legal experts and rights groups, which were already alarmed by the deterioration of judicial independence under Chávez.

While the language of this passage of the law, and several others, is vague, legal experts say the idea is clear: justice officials, including judges, are required to actively collaborate with the intelligence services rather than serve as a check on them.

“This is a government that simply doesn’t believe in the separation of powers,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director for Human Rights Watch, the New York-based rights organization. “Here you have the president legislating by decree that the country’s judges must serve as spies for the government.”

That’s just scary, thank you very much. 

Read the whole article.

And then there’s this bit from Russia. 

On a talk show last autumn, a prominent political analyst named Mikhail Delyagin offered some tart words about Vladimir Putin. When the program was televised, Delyagin was not.

His remarks were cut and he was digitally erased from the show, like a disgraced comrade airbrushed from an old Soviet photo. (The technicians may have worked a bit hastily; they left his disembodied legs in one shot.)On a talk show last autumn, a prominent political analyst named Mikhail Delyagin offered some tart words about Vladimir Putin. When the program was televised, Delyagin was not.

His remarks were cut and he was digitally erased from the show, like a disgraced comrade airbrushed from an old Soviet photo. (The technicians may have worked a bit hastily; they left his disembodied legs in one shot.)

Now, he stops short of Stalin’s methods, first the death then the altered photos.  The altered photos are quite enough, especially when it erases dissent.

Yes, children, I despise communism and socialism.  Have a lovely day.

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One Response to Chavez – Getting It All Wrong

  1. Nancy says:

    Putin is such a thug. As soon as he started appointing governors, instead of letting the people elect them, I knew it was over.

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