By Paula Vazquez
Talcualdigital- Published April 21st, 2014
It is going to be very intriguing and interesting to see how the unconditional supporters of Chavez in American and European universities will now explain that we now face a massive impoverishment of our society if supposedly the social inequalities had been reduced.
It is time to take stock. Anniversaries are a good opportunity for that, to see the evolution of the indicators and compare situations and take snapshots of the situation “before” and “after”. The “before” and “after” of Maduro’s triumph is absolutely terrifying.
President Maduro himself must know it and must deeply hate the time when he was chosen to be nothing more and nothing less than that the one to embody the end of Chavez model, the one who is there assuming the unfeasibility of a model, the unsustainability in operation of the concept of a State and a Society. The document that came to my hands to do the balance is the extraordinary work of Luis Pedro España, The Oil Socialism.
“Circumstances and social policies under a failed model of development” (Situación y políticas sociales bajo un fallido modelo de desarrollo), edited by ILDIS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Caracas, in October 2013. In only 15 pages España shows that what the government has constantly presented to the international press as reducing social inequality is nothing but a boom in consumption.
Between 2004 and 2008, a crucial stage for the oil socialism, there was no structural transformation that would ensure that those who ceased to be poor due to the direct transfer of financial resources, were not going to be poor a few years later. The increase in direct consumption is not only a question of patronage, because on top of being on a list for a ‘mission’ (the government’s programs to hand money to those citizens who qualify) in order to obtain something, people had access to immediate cash flow and everyone bought everything. The deep inefficiency of the ‘missions’ in the structural resolution of poverty is evident today.
The expansion of precarious employment and the reduction of a labour market where young people could get jobs and become self sufficient makes Venezuelans doomed to be a dependent population of those who decide who deserves to get benefits and who does not. This has been said over and over again and I have dedicated myself to scrutinize how the government has taken control over the feelings and “good” emotions generated by the “care of the poor” to justify authoritarianism, end institutions and in that way accumulate an infinite power.
It is going to be very intriguing and interesting to see how the unconditional supporters of Chavez in American and European universities will now explain that we now face a massive impoverishment of our society if supposedly the social inequalities had been reduced. Because the leap into poverty that took place in recent weeks is the largest a Latin American society has suffered in the last twenty years.
How is it that the boasted end of poverty is finished all of a sudden and now it turns out that everyone is poor except for well-positioned officials? From October to the present, Nicolás, the model is over and things stopped working. From a country “model of social justice” we became a very poor, violent and disorganized country to which not even journalists that support Chavez’s cause can come because they cannot afford the price of air tickets.
Original source: Vásquez, Paula. “Hora de Balance”. TalcualDigital.com. April 21, 2014. Editorial La Mosca Analfabeta C.A. April 27, 2014.
Main photograph: AP Photo / Ariana Cubillos
Translated by #infoVnzla