Not the ketchup, the German sociologist and political analyst:
Heinz Dieterich, Father Of 21st Century Socialism, Bashes Venezuela’s Maduro. As a steadfast believer that “it’d all work, if only it was done the right way,”
Dieterich, author of “The Socialism of the 21st Century and Latin America: From Colonization to Globalization with Noam Chomsky,” is viewed as the godfather of the political ideas put in place in Chávez’s Venezuela and later in countries like Bolivia and Ecuador.
The German intellectual, however, had a falling out with Chávez over the Venezuelan’s perceived lack of rigor and understanding when it came to the idea of 21st socialism.
The economic model implemented in 2003 by Chávez has now been exhausted, Dietrich argued, and now Venezuela is suffering from rising inflation and a possible moratorium on foreign payments.
What HD fails to grasp is that Hugo and his acolytes are interested in consolidating power on themselves, and know that strong independent institutions in a truly democratic political system that respects property rights and the rule of law does not allow such concentration of power; hence, they use “21st Century Socialism” to get themselves into power.
Or maybe HD realizes that, and I’m being too kind.
Either way, Dieterich thinks Maduro will not get beyond March or April 2014,
The scenarios of [his] possible fall are obvious: street demonstrations orchestrated from Washington and the right, or an alliance between the Armed Forces and the governors,” he said, according to Venezuelan newspaper El Universal.
Dieterich does not mention Diosdado Cabello, who has plans of his own.