After Hugo Chavez

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Moisés Naím, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, El Pais columnist, and author of The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be (Basic Books, 2013), and Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow for Latin American studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013), talk about the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and what comes next.


Moises Naim and Shannon O'Neil

Comments [16]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Sic semper tyrannis.

Mar. 06 2013 01:47 PM
oscar from ny

Some ppl believe his cancer was given to him by a source....what they dont know is where it came from...duhh Ahmadinajad musta have some magnetic satellite connection and they were hugging and kissing soo your infected. is he in our side...

Mar. 06 2013 11:56 AM
Tony from Canarsie

One less bugaboo for conservatives to get paranoid about.

Mar. 06 2013 11:47 AM

brian this very one sided, for shame!!

Mar. 06 2013 11:27 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The Mafia was also very generous to its "base." Yes, they give away goodies to get the love and support of the poor, but rob them of the opportunity to ever stand on their own two feet. You cannot criticize or stand up to the Mafia boss, ever.

Mar. 06 2013 11:23 AM

jgarbuz from Queens
totally unlike the bush type? steal from the poor, give to the rich and eventually wreck the economy.

Mar. 06 2013 11:20 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Chavez' governance left much to be desired. But to blame him for the 'politics of resentment' is to confuse effects with ultimate causes.
Was Moisés Naím as outraged at the level of extreme inequality/brutality/socioeconomic exclusion that prevailed forever, pre-Chavez? It is these conditions that produce the high-stakes politics that produce a Chavez or Castro.
Because Naím-types, Castro-haters, etc. often accept and/or enable these horrendous conditions, their criticism lacks credibility.

Mar. 06 2013 11:19 AM
yosif from manhattan

Your callers sound like bitter Cubans right now. Here's how I see it as a liberal. He built houses for the poor in his country, he gave free oil to the poor in the USA, and he united South America economically through Banco de Sud. Maybe he was the reincarnation of Bolivar...

Mar. 06 2013 11:18 AM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Thank you Brian for disclosing one of your guests political standing. A rightist reactionary of South America’s old school.

Mar. 06 2013 11:14 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Chavez was another Robin Hood type: steal from the rich; give to the poor; and eventually wreck the economy.

Mar. 06 2013 11:13 AM
sam from astoria

The Mets are playing the Venezuelan national team this afternoon at 12:30. Unfortunately I don't think it's being broadcasted, I'd like to tune in.

Mar. 06 2013 11:10 AM
antonio from baySide

I am not a seer, but....
I predict opposition parties funded by the US make it real hard for the current leftist paradigm to continue.
I mean the US was behind all that coup stuff in the early 00's

Mar. 06 2013 11:07 AM

i just want to know on balance GOOD or BAD
we know he was not perfect

Mar. 06 2013 11:04 AM
Tony from Canarsie

john from office -- Were we listening to the same BBC broadcast this morning? To my ears they reported both sides equally.

Btw, this "leftie" always thought the guy was a gaudy tinhorn tyrant.

Mar. 06 2013 11:03 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I initially liked Chavez, as the Venezuela he inherited, was a Kleptocracy, that drained its oil wealth into the hands of a few.

I liked that he had the balls to call the US out on their meddling in Latin America. The 2002 Bush supported right-wing coup against him, proved his point.

Unfortunately - Chavez basically gutted all civil checks and balances - the courts, the media, the legislature - TERM LIMITS (aha - Bloomberg.)

His economic philosophy was simplistic and crude, and never built a viable working/ middle class, outside of giving handouts - hence, many Venezuelans are still poor. Shame.

Mar. 06 2013 10:56 AM
john from office

Wow the BBC loves this guy. You would think someone important died. This was a clown and he will be forgotten within a few years. Another cult of personality dies. Look at Mao in China, no one cares any more.

The BBC loves anyone who sticks it to the USA.

Mar. 06 2013 10:34 AM

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