As the eulogies and kind, sensitive language from movie stars and political leaders over the death of the Leftist dictator Hugo Chavez finally start fading into history, it is worth noting again the consistency and fortitude of his ideological opposite, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. His remarks on Chavez’ s death were deemed “insensitive” by some of Venezuela’s well-connected. In brief, Harper expressed the view and hope that the political economy of Venezuela might now improve (my paraphrasing).
Hugo Chavez was a power luster and violator of the rights of individuals, including property rights, due process and life itself. One need only look at the low standard of living of most Venezuelans and the dearth of political rights to judge the life of the entity that was Hugo Chavez.
©Copyright 2013 Edward Podritske