I have just finished reading a note about the coming elections at Venezuela, as we all know Hugo Chavez is currently the President of this country and this next October he will contend in order to get for the third time a six year period as president.
During the 13 years in which Hugo Chavez has been president, have been marked by a socialist politics, now don’t get me wrong socialism has its advantages as well as disadvantages, but when this left point of view is mixed with an authoritarian, with a person who “love” so much his country that denies the participation of foreign companies. This is where everything comes to loose its balance.
The note I read was about the opposition party signing an agreement where they promise to leave the government with just enough obligations so the country can walk on its own. They want to free the market, take from the Executive branch the judicial power, and eliminate the politic views from the military.
The agreement makes sense, the only doubt that I have is, If the opposition makes it to the Presidency how much will it take to Venezuela to completely open its market to the world? I mean, the winner will enter with 13 years of close politics, you cannot risk your national market to be eaten by the foreign companies. As I said socialism have its advantages, and one of them is to protect the national production and commerce, but lets face it, no country can survive by their own hand, we all need to collaborate, that’s where capitalism comes in the play, now let’s be clear capitalism or socialism none is the final solution for the whole world, each country needs to adapt each ideology and make one that will work for their people, I mean look at Brazil, they have a socialist politics by making what is best for their people, but also have capitalism by making international agreements and promoting the trade of goods between countries.
Right now Venezuelans have to test their democracy to the limit. They have a good that can make them grow if used well, Oil, this good, if negotiated properly, can outcome in a wealth that distributed could mean a better quality of life for Venezuela present and future.
“There is no present, just recent past or near future.”-George Carlin