Behold your saviour (or maybe dictator)
Chavez. Yes, the guy in Venezuela. He done this thing right. He shut down a private TV channel. Now, I’m not saying that the TV men were any good or anything, but, like, I don’t feel too good about this.
Yes, my friends, Hugo Chavez, proclaimed as saviour of Latin America by so many on the left, has just shown us his darker side. I don’t f—in care if the TV station in question was a mouth piece for right wingers who oppose his (and I mean this) brilliant social policies.
That the left should still be rallying behind someone like this to any extent is questionable. Sure, we should oppose US interference; its virtually always been for the worst on that continent. But I really do feel that its time that the left stood up against this man before he turns into an all out dictator. Instead, I still see plenty of people rallying around him, supporting him no matter what. Self-criticism of the left, it seems, is also to be frowned upon.
The problem I see with Chavez is this means-and-ends attitude that says if someone is saying something that prevents him getting the job done, then he should stop them getting in the way; by force if necessary. Free speech and democracy are not just a convenient additions to a manifesto, they should be at the heart of any attempt to bring justice to the world. Surely part of his job, if he’s really worth supporting, is ensuring these basic freedoms do exist, not taking them away.
So when you next here a leftist saying that we should support Chavez, ask them why we should support someone with all the makings of the next V I Lenin or, heaven forbid, Joe Stalin, because the same justification, that the means justify the ends, is becoming more and more prevalent in outworkings of the Chavez regime. History is littered with people who have made similar justifications and sadly here we are listening to the same old story yet again.