Chavez is head of state. His policy initiatives benefit everyone. He's Bolivarianism's public face. Chavismo matters. It's institutionalized.
It works. He cut poverty, increased employment, lowered inflation, bettered the lives of millions, and made Venezuela prosperous. Its economy is one of the region's most successful. Lifting all boats responsibly works that way.
Venezuelans want it no other way. Tyszka and Macano call his leadership "authoritarian" and "messianic." Proof they claim is Venezuelans saying "We are all Chavez."
He's progressive, populist and caring. Venezuelans love him for what he is and what he's done. Doing so doesn't reflect personality cultism. It's real. Western leaders can't imagine it.
Times editors deplore it. So do Tyszka and Macano. He'll "leave behind a country plagued by problems," they claim. Americans wish they had similar ones.
Don't expect Times editors or contributors to explain. According to Tyszka and Macano, "absence might be just what Hugo Chavez needs to save him from his own failure. Myths survive only when they rise above the miseries of reality."
Times editors have to explain why this type rubbish gets published. All the news fit to print is verboten. The record of the newspaper of record is self-explanatory. It's deplorable.
It substitutes managed news misinformation for truth. It prioritizes imperial and corporate interests. It spurns populist ones. It ignores Western social decay. It targets leaders for doing the right thing.
Chavez and likeminded ones shame the American way. It never was beautiful and isn't now. Don't expect Times editors or contributors to explain.
Eva Golinger interviewed Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro. She did so for Russia Today's Behind the News.
Chavez designed a Plan of the Nation, he said. It has "five historic objectives." It prioritizes "real democracy." It follows Simon Bolivar's model.
It "balance(s) respect for our region and the right to development in a world at the time of empires deeply aggressive, with great military powers."
It calls for building a "multicenter multipolar world, a world without empires." Lots more needs to be done, said Maduro. Forming strategic alliances, ending colonialism, and preventing US hegemonic control matter. So does defeating poverty.
Venezuela made great strides under Chavez. So much was accomplished in a short time. Many challenges remain.
Maduro discussed internal debate about Chavez's absence. He was popularly reelected overwhelmingly. The will of the people matters. "Venezuela has a (duly constituted) government."
"In any case, this is a debate already settled." Bolivarianism "won 17 elections in 14 years." It has "greater legitimacy" now than earlier.