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Re: “Venezuelan author living in exile in Pittsburgh publishes translated novel

Oh dear.

I do live in Venezuela. And yes, I would definitely love not living here and get all my family out of here because I know what this government is about.
Back in the 80's this was way too different from what it is now.
You should come again, live here, work here, spend the whole day in a line just to buy milk, shampoo or flour and then we could talk about how great things are. Don't you think?

Posted by Paola Nava on 08/10/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Venezuelan author living in exile in Pittsburgh publishes translated novel

Paola,

Firstly, your presence here in the US at all means that you are likely a member of the wealthy minority, so you views are not representative of a majority of Venezuelans.

I did live in Venezuela for almost two years - back in the early 1980s working for an oil-field service company. Mostly I remember it as a country with great majority of people living is extreme poverty and a small wealthy elite, and an absolutely horrible highway and urban infrastructure with only unregulated jitneys (por puestos) for public transit in Maracaibo and Caracas. It was ruled by a phony democracy of two tweedledum and tweededee parties, AD and COPEI, similar to the phony democracy we "enjoy" here in the USA.

I have heard from numerous people reporting that things in Venezuela are much better now, and most of the current problems are due to economic sabotage by wealthy business interests. The PSUV is doing nothing much different from other other social democracies like Norway have done to create the most successful egalitarian societies in the world. If the Venezuelan upper classes would participate and provide constructive criticism as needed instead of sabotaging the entire project and engaging in violence - using the contemptible Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" as their manual, Venezuelans could achieve Norway-level living standards too.

Posted by Paul D. on 08/10/2014 at 3:00 PM

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