On an abstract basis, I really don't care. The lemmings need a lesson it would seem, so let them bask in their own self destruction and we can crack open a fresh beer and watch the fun. It will be entertaining in the same perverse way that watching a train wreck is riveting - its hard to turn away.
On a real world basis though, it means we, i.e. the rest of the western world, will have to bail this fool out and reconstruct the country after he's done wrecking it and the shit gets ragged. That won't be fun. It'll be expensive, real expensive as the Germans have found out. My greatest fear is that Comrade Hugo will leave the joint in even worse shape than the East Germans did when they folded.
People power. Got that - people power™. I think someone needs to get this guy a new calendar. It ain't the 1960's anymore.
IN a controversial attempt to turn Venezuela into a socialist utopia, President Hugo Chavez is planning to build a network of egalitarian communities without mayors or municipal governments. He declared last week that his new “socialist cities” would be run by “people power”.
Chavez told the Venezuelan national assembly that vast tracts of the country’s largely unpopulated interior would be used for the construction of new cities, each covering up to 100 square kilometres (38.6 square miles).
He gave few other details at swearing-in ceremonies after his recent re-election other than to advise his critics: “Those of you who want to know what type of socialism I have planned for Venezuela should read Marx and Lenin.”[...]