Hugo Chavez at COP15

For entertainment purposes, if nothing else…

I don’t imagine that blaming the world’s ills on capitalism, referring to America as the “Yankee Imperium” or quoting Fidel Castro will exactly win over many hearts or minds in the USA, although his dismissive ridicule of President Obama might well strike a favourable chord with Fox News viewers.

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16 responses to “Hugo Chavez at COP15

  1. Brian in Calgary

    RT, I don’t think he’ll win too many either. In fact, he has one thing in common with Jim Balsillie: they would both do well to enroll in a Dale Carnegie course.

  2. Drake

    “…although his dismissive ridicule of President Obama…”

    In this, Chavez is one with many, if not most of the world’s leaders, from Sarkozy to the Russian and Chinese leadership: they’ve sized up Mr. Obama and are underwhelmed. Sarkozy barely disguises his contempt for him.

  3. Ahh..who would have guessed that Drake would become a fan of Chavez?

  4. Ti-Guy

    Hey, you haven’t finished stinking up the discussion under that previous post, Drake.

  5. I enjoyed this description of Hugo’s efforts at socialist utopia in Venezuela, from the Economist today:

    SELDOM, since the day Adolf Hitler gave the order to produce the Volkswagen, has a car been given such an explicitly ideological mission. But the vehicles that roll, occasionally, off the production line at Venirauto’s factory, west of Caracas, will free Venezuelans from the “yoke of capitalism,” declares President Hugo Chávez. The factory was opened with great fanfare by the president three years ago. It is a joint venture between Iran and Venezuela, which Mr Chávez predicts will turn his country into a car exporter. It is also intended to be an example of socialist production principles, although its workers see things a little differently.

    In December they downed tools over the company’s refusal to negotiate a collective contract. Their wages, even at the grossly overvalued official exchange rate, are worth around $25 a day. They complained of poor safety conditions and exploitative work practices. Their supposedly socialist employer refuses to recognise trade unions and has ignored the labour ministry’s order to reinstate sacked union activists.

    Venirauto’s cars are rehashes of clapped-out 1980s models from the imperialist West. The Turpial, a five-door hatchback, is based on the Ford Festiva, while the Centauro saloon is a clone of the Peugeot 405, though both are fitted with a conversion kit allowing them to run on natural gas. Their capitalist-busting claims are based on price: they undercut rival models by around 50%. If you can get one, that is.

    The plant has a production capacity of 25,000 vehicles a year, but is struggling (even by official admission) to produce 10,000. There is no dealer network, and no credit facilities are offered—unless Mr Chávez personally orders a batch of cars for some favoured group of public employees.

    Perhaps it is just as well that the 30,000 customers the government says are waiting for an anti-capitalist car should learn to do without one. When not praising the Turpial and the Centauro, Mr Chávez has been known to rail against the whole concept of car ownership. “The urge to get a car,” he told students on one occasion, “is poison to the human soul”. With that, he got into his limousine and rode off.

  6. Ti-Guy

    I enjoyed this description of Hugo’s efforts at socialist utopia in Venezuela, from the Economist today:

    You enjoyed it only because it gave you the opportunity to sneer at poor people.

    Can’t you just go down to a homeless shelter and throw coins on the floor, as is standard practice for Albertans?

  7. You enjoyed it only because it gave you the opportunity to sneer at poor people.

    Hmm.

    I wasn’t aware that raising concerns for underpaid autoworkers and pointing out a so-called “socialist” practicing steel-toed boot union busting was “making fun of the poor”.

    This is the same guy who, after the country’s utilities have begun to fall apart, suggested people singing in the shower were not being “good communists.”

  8. “I enjoyed this description”

    of course, you did. it appealed to your inner jackass.

    KEvron

  9. Ti-Guy

    I wasn’t aware that raising concerns for underpaid autoworkers and pointing out a so-called “socialist” practicing steel-toed boot union busting

    Oh..that’s what you meant by “enjoying.”

    Sorry. My mistake.

  10. LOL.. I love Kevvies enlightened commentary..

    What I enjoy is the example of a hypocrit being hoisted on his own petard.. suggesting he is saving his people from capitalist oppression.

    THAT I enjoy. And, sad for his people, I suspect it will get much worse before it gets better..

  11. Ti-Guy

    Oh, Rob, give it a rest. You don’t give a damn about Chavez or Venezuela or its people.

  12. TG.. I even care about you, buddy..

    But, in reality, what I care about, is a world where people like Chavez, and Ahmadinejad seek to lead their people towards hostility to their neighbors (recent signficant arms purchases by Chavez, nuclear amibition of Ahmadinejad).

  13. Ti-Guy

    But, in reality, what I care about, is a world where people like Chavez, and Ahmadinejad seek to lead their people towards hostility

    It’s a little late in the game for that. After decades of interference in Iranian domestic affairs and, in Chavez’s case, a US-backed military coup (that didn’t ‘take’), that’s what happens.

    How about you and your crew just leave these people alone, already? Go shopping…go back to your golf.

  14. If the U.S. hadn’t propped up the Shah while he terrorized his people, the Revolution and Ahmadinejad wouldn’t have happened. Chavez and Castro are easily able to exploit resentment toward past American policies to stay in power.

    If the hawks would be a little less hawkish these regimes wouldn’t have an enemy to focus the population’s anger on and they would either moderate or fall.

  15. “LOL.. I love Kevvies enlightened commentary..”

    can’t reciprocate. you read like the unwashed who subscribe to world nut daily. dime a dozen.

    “people like Chavez, and Ahmadinejad”

    if i thought you were bright enough to pull it off, i’d accuse you of trolling, but, no, you’re just another one of those people who just don’t know any better.

    KEvron

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