It is now official:
There are positive reactions, Venezuela Awakens From Its 17-Year Socialist Nightmare, which it has. John Hinderaker said, HASTA LA VISTA, SOCIALISM!
As you may know, I am delighted that the opposition won decisively and overwhelmingly over the chavista‘s PSUV. I just can’t join Hinderaker in bidding socialism good-bye yet.
For instance, there’s the talk,
You talk in order to maintain the illusion a conversation is still possible. The voters in Venezuela, after 17 years of voting Chavismo into power, believe they can vote Maduro out of office. The opposition may now have 113 seats in a 167-member assembly, a two thirds majority. Maduro gone, right? Well not necessarily. As the Chavista president reminded the voters: voting out socialism is no ordinary matter. Whatever you do, you can’t stop the revolution.
Maduro’s arguments are another way of asserting what we hear from time to time. When the “gains” of a messianic system become too great to reverse, they become too important to ever be given back. Other projects of equal weight, like the formation of the European Union, are of such importance that they adhere to the principle of “vote until you get it right.” For example,Ireland and Denmark were put through two referendums until they accepted the desired result. In the things that really matter, the moral arc of history — not uninformed public opinion — gets the last word.
“Here we are, the children of Bolívar and Chávez, [standing] Firm!!! #WithOurMoraleIntact”
The poster reads [my translation],
“No crying in defeat”
It was precisely that aspect of Lenin’s activity which allowed him to build an army of soldiers committed to the end to our cause, and confident in its strength.
Josef Stalin’s speech to Kremlin army cadets
[Note: I could not verify that the quote is authentic, but the message is clear.]
— PSUV (@PartidoPSUV) December 8, 2015
The chavistas are not happily riding into the sunset, there are plenty of foreign actors involved in Venezuela (Cuba, the FARC, Iran and its proxy Hezbollah), the opposition is not a uniform lot, and the people are impatient for results.
A lot can happen between now and the new National Assembly’s January 5th inauguration.
Bonus, in Spanish,
Emili Basco: El chavismo quiso romper el proceso electoral y posponerlo. Una operación opositora colocó inhibidores de señal en 1.600 centros; eso bloqueó las comunicaciones de los activistas del PSUV para el fraude