Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chávez in Porto Alegre, Brazil – Agencia Brasil

Revolutions, imperfect social and economic events led by imperfect people.

Venezuela’s revolution and the deceased Hugo Chavez fit the bill.

I detest Venezuela’s crime rate and violent jails.

But I recall a former student, an upper middle-class Venezuelan woman, who had a telling reply when I asked her why she hated Chavez.

“It’s because after the revolution you would see people in restaurants, dark people, who would have never been there before.”

I had my answer.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky,. Brownsville

Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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4 Responses to A Note on Passing of Hugo Chavez

  1. Hugo Chavez was definitely passionate about social justice, but I don’t think he chose the best way to achieve that goal. On the long run, socialism has always been detrimental to the people it was supposed to help. Also, I don’t understand why Chavez hated America so much. By the way, I noticed that countries whose leaders hate the US are usually countries where atrocities are commited on a regular basis…

  2. Nora Martinez says:

    Different slants…

    Maybe you saw Chavez like a populist person. I saw him like a dictator who offended the democracy… Likewise, is a placer to read you.

  3. Kamala Platt says:

    I guess I’d wonder why the US seemed to think it hated Chavez and his tour de force so much. (Sadly, maybe your student’s answer works to that question too… Imperfect goes for all of us, but I felt sad there was not more tribute given here this man at his death. We seem to have no sense of all he has done for everyday people in his and neighboring countries. We are the lesser for it as we reap a different kind of alliances, here. Were we able to cooperate more and compete in building might, a bit less, we could learn from Chavistas

  4. Editor says:

    Chavez was an interesting case. The sad fact of human nature is that at any given time,

    whoever is in power tends towards thievery. Give them enough time and the heist becomes total.

    Whether it is the world banking cartel, or a local dude like Chavez. Was he the latino Robin Hood, or just another hood, depends who you talk to.

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