The Revolutionary Has No Clothes: Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Farce

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"During the forty or so years that preceded Hugo Chavez's seizing of power, Venezuela had the most stable democracy in Latin America, as well as the fastest-growing economy and the highest standard of living in the region. Since Chavez took power in 1999, however, things have changed radically. Venezuela today can no longer be seen as a democracy, and rather than attracting immigrants as it once did, the country is provoking its own citizens to flee. Nevertheless, the vast majority of contemporary references to Venezuela and to Chavez's rule are

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Overview

"During the forty or so years that preceded Hugo Chavez's seizing of power, Venezuela had the most stable democracy in Latin America, as well as the fastest-growing economy and the highest standard of living in the region. Since Chavez took power in 1999, however, things have changed radically. Venezuela today can no longer be seen as a democracy, and rather than attracting immigrants as it once did, the country is provoking its own citizens to flee. Nevertheless, the vast majority of contemporary references to Venezuela and to Chavez's rule are laudatory." In The Revolutionary Has No Clothes: Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian Farce, A. C. Clark corrects this warped take on Chavez and his "Bolivarian Revolution" in Venezuela, and skewers the absurdly admiring portraits of Chavez that have been painted by panegyrists from Noarn Chomsky to Sean Penn. Clark analyzes Chavez's embarrassing public displays, perilous policy platforms, and close relationships with rogue states, revealing Chavez for what he truly is: a dangerous buffoon who is leading a once prosperous nation down a path to ruin. More shockingly, Clark exposes Chavez's ambitions for waging asymmetrical warfare against the United States and casts light on Venezuela's insidious lobbying network with in U.S. borders.

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“A. C. Clark’s book is a devastating exposé of Hugo Chávez’s authoritarian regime. By providing historical context, an insight into the political, social and even psychological complexities that helped Chávez undermine democracy from within, and clear examples of the assault against freedom and private property in Venezuela, The Revolutionary Has No Clothes will serve to demythify the Bolivarian farce that has duped not a few intellectuals in the West.” —Alvaro Vargas Llosa, The Independent Institute

“A. C. Clark’s extensive research successfully demythologizes the Chávez regime and gives a vivid exposé of life under his presidency. The Revolutionary Has No Clothes is an important contribution to the international debate on contemporary Latin American politics and should be read by anyone who has an interest in Hugo Chávez and the socialist movement he purports to lead.” —Vanessa Neumann, Ph.D., Editor-at-Large, Diplomat

“Venezuela somehow escapes the U.S. State Department’s classification of ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism.’ We can only hope officials at Foggy Bottom quickly get a copy of A. C. Clark’s superbly researched and documented book. Their ‘oversight’ would then be inexcusable. This book is an excellent antidote to the reams of misinformation gushing from Hugo Chávez’s U.S. propagandists—including the hundreds on his payroll.” —Humberto Fontova , author of Exposing the Real Che Guevara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594032592
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Venezuela and its history 1

2 Hugo Chavez, the man and his reign 33

3 Chavez's impact on Venezuelans and beyond 75

App The Chavez lobby in the United States 125

Notes 143

Index 175

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