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In Venezuela, We Could NOT Stop Chávez. Don’t Make the Same Mistakes We Did

  • How to let a populist beat you, over and over again.

Andrés Miguel Rondón | The Washington Post

Andrés Miguel Rondón is an economist living in Madrid. He is a Venezuelan citizen who was born and raised there.

Donald Trump is an avowed capitalist; Hugo Chávez was a socialist with communist dreams. One builds skyscrapers, the other expropriated them. But politics is only one-half policy:

The other, darker half is rhetoric. Sometimes the rhetoric takes over. Such has been our lot in Venezuela for the past two decades — and such is yours now, Americans. Because in one regard, Trump and Chávez are identical. They are both masters of populism.          Continue reading