Venezuela crisis: A brief history | IN 60 SECONDS

Venezuela crisis: A brief history | IN 60 SECONDS


What’s playing out on headlines and television screens today in Venezuela is a confrontation with the narco- dictatorship. It began in 1998 when Hugo Chavez was elected. He immediately began to dismantle the democratic institutions of Venezuela, and consolidate power into the hands of the executive. That revolution also made common cause with narco-traffickers, with terrorist organizations, with hostile regimes. Before he died in 2013, Chavez designated Nicolas Maduro as his successor, and Maduro has used brute force to hold on to power. In 2015, the democratic opposition won in a landslide in the congressional elections. Unfortunately, the regime has done everything it possibly can to consolidate its own power and to prevent the Democratic National Assembly from operating. We’re in the midst of a political crisis now, as you have a clash of these institutions between the strong executive (which is really a dictatorship), and the National Assembly, representing a democratic opposition. What are your thoughts about the crisis in Venezuela? Please let us know in your comments, and also let us know what other topics you want AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.

24 Comments on "Venezuela crisis: A brief history | IN 60 SECONDS"


  1. "There can be no tolerance toward communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society."-Hans-Hermann Hoppe

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  2. Venezuela is a pretty sad situation. It's proof of what the wrong leader can do to a good society.

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  3. Right now protest are happenig all across Venezuela, against the dictatorship of maduro. The Government is holding a brutal reprension against the people on the street demanding democracy. The media is censored, We need help from the international community and from all the people in the world that believes in Democracy and Freedoom.

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  4. They elected Maduro to eat today, and they didnt think for tomorrow, after tomorrow and so on…, sometimes democracy is a knife with two sharping blades, and Venezuela is an example of a fail state. Chavez started it and this guy is finishing the country off.
    once the overthrown him or finish his presidential period it's going to be an Everest for next president to solve the mess that the country has

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  5. Hugo Chávez fue socialista y la economía estuvo bien , pero Nicolás maduro no es Chávez. La economía no funciona con el solo llamó un llamado a la paz. señor maduro la base es el beniestar económico.

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  6. It doesn't matter which system of Government you install, the rich get powerful & there'll always be envy for wealth.
    Even in the most harmonious of nations, there's always a pendulum that swings; "Maybe if we elected out this efficient/fair government, we might get a bigger slice of the pie!"
    The Politics of Greed can be a difficult path to travel; to alter the 'current situation' to benefit yourself, without being seen to do so & without showing your cards…

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  7. Venezuela was living high on the hog with the oil wells developed by outsiders.
    They begun to live like a bunch of drunk sailors.
    They stopped farming and just bought imported food, , and everything,,, producing nothing. ,,,
    They thought, "WE ARE RICH" no need to work and develop a productive society + build something for the future.
    (the same happens with many winners of the lottery or a sizable inheritance,,, that they have not really earned.)
    Then, they were sucked in by the "commies. , via Chavez.
    So Chavez ran off the "capitalists" outsiders, giving NO PAYMENT or THANKS to the outsiders who fronted ALL THE COSTS $$$$ and RISKS to development the oil.
    As they continued living like like a bunch of drunken sailors. + Chavez was feeding the poisonous "commie" ideology to all the neighborhood in central and south america.
    .,,,, UNTIL THE OIL PRICE DROPPED.
    Now in Venezuela they can not afford the imported food, and everything,,, to continue the high life.
    So,,,,,,,,,, in food stores the shelves are empty, no oil money to pay for doctors/medicine/hospitals, etc. + inflation is 1000%.
    Now, they want someone to help them.

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  8. How much the people should be blamed for putting the dictator in power?
    At one point, the enjoyed all the free stuff their government gave to them
    Until they don't, or can't get them any more.
    Sounds like that's what the US is heading.

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  9. Links to media about "Venezuela". https://goluckydonald.blogspot.com/2017/04/venezuela.html

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  10. The masses of poor people supported the dictatorship, that is the whole point of a socialist revolution, but only up until the free stuff runs out, then the problems begin. The Venezuelan people overwhelmingly support a dictatorship, but alas, the price of oil collapsed and now they don't. They are hypocrites who deserve all that is happening to them.

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  11. if they're starving why can't they just grow food this is been going on long enough and what's wrong with buying animals for breeding

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  12. Wikipedia: "Some AEI staff members are considered to be among the leading architects of the Bush administration's public and foreign policy.[5] More than twenty staff members served either in a Bush administration policy post or on one of the government's many panels and commissions. Among the prominent former government officials now affiliated with AEI
    are: Dick Cheney, vice president of the United States under George W. Bush, is a member of AEI's Board of Trustees;[6] John R. Bolton, former Ambassador to the United Nations; Lynne Cheney, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense."

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  13. Roger Noriega was former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs under President George W. Bush. Chavez referred to Bush as the devil while speaking at the UN. Again, this is all a big fight by oligarchs and corporations over oil and natural resources. Remember that capitalism is simply a race to exploit as many of earth's resources and turn them into cash as fast as possible before someone else does.

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  14. It's interesting to note that Roger Noriega refers to the Maduro regime as a narco dictatorship. Mr. Noriega has been involved in Latin American policy since the 1980s,
    when he worked in the Ronald Reagan administration’s U.S. Agency for
    International Development (USAID). According to the Texas Observer,
    while at USAID Noriega oversaw "non-lethal aid" to the Contras, which
    led to uncomfortable questions about Noriega's work during
    investigations into the Iran-Contra scandal.
    The Observer reported: "In subsequent investigations, unseemly
    associations surfaced. For example, a Miami-based money launderer with
    ties to the Medellin cartel testified to a Senate committee that he
    personally had cleaned up $230,000 by cycling it through a bank account
    used for non-lethal Contra aid.

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  15. a little disappointed that I didn't hear anything about us role in Venezuela that led to this current situation no mention at all the role us imperialism in South America as a whole or Venezuela specifically

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  16. We are not ignorant sir this clip has not touched on the real underlying issues that has brought Venezuela into a crisis.

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  17. They voted for socialism and now they don’t like it? The money ran out and now it doesn’t work? Love those dictators when they give you free stuff. Until the money runs out of course which it always does. It is sad that oil is such a curse to the nations that have it. Corrupt leaders economies and societies that seem to go no were. It is really pretty sad

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