Hugo Chavez built a movement against neoliberalism


President Hugo Chavez who has passed away reduced poverty and income inequalities in Venezuela, empowered his people through participatory local democracy, and built a bulwark against neoliberalism in Latin America. See below for a video discussion of his legacy.

For his strong stance against neoliberalism, Chavez was often demonised in the financial centres and corporate media in the West.

The country’s oil revenue was used for impressive housing, education and health care social programmes that lifted the quality of life among the masses.

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9 Mar 2013 12.02pm

Chavez was smart to use the oil money to pay for the poor, so he was popular and was treated like God. If only Mahathir could do likewise, he would have been liked by the poor …

Ex Caracas Resident
Ex Caracas Resident
11 Mar 2013 4.40pm
Reply to  Benny

He help millions of dirt poor with oil money, but he screwed private enterprises, businessmen and middle class, like Malaysia, million of middle class professional have also left the country for good.

8 Mar 2013 8.42pm

People should compare what Chavez did in Venezuela and what happened in Colombia in the same period. Colombia not only dealt with age-old armed conflicts but at the same time leveraged the rise in price of energy and minerals to produce as broad a social result that is permanent, at the same time being more democratic, respect for human rights and private property..

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
8 Mar 2013 2.39pm

Chavez interview with BBC’s Stephen Sackur on “Hardtalk”

8 Mar 2013 11.01am

All he did was took a lot of oil money and land from private owners and basically funded local initiatives, by-passing middle management. What he did was basically one big social and development incubator with foreign expertise that has no standards to speak off. Its simply unsustainable and will fall apart. Its just one big development bubble .

sptay Penang
sptay Penang
7 Mar 2013 8.34pm

Chavez had criticised and condemned by “bankers, businesses and their ilk” for foolish economic policies (bec. it does not favour them) but never for being corrupt and for stealing his conuntry’s wealth….my greatest respect for him….he is no Mugabe….or Mugabe’s friend

7 Mar 2013 9.56pm
Reply to  sptay Penang

How would one know whether he is corrupt or not.
Venezuela has much much more oil than Malaysia and with a little bit off nobody would have notice.

semuanya OK kot
semuanya OK kot
7 Mar 2013 12.26pm

A year ago, he wondered alound why so many South American heads of government – at least 4 incuding himself if I recall coorectly – had developed cancer. Thanks to Castro, Che and him, Souh America is at long last organising itself better every year, and emerging from the hellhole dug for it by you know who.