Thursday, September 17, 2015

“POPULISM AND PRAGMATISM IN VENEZUELA”: (English translation) interview with me (part 1)

Populism and Pragmatism in Venezuela: First half of the interview with me (translated into English) conducted by Evaristo Marcano. The zigzags, concessions and populist policies of socialist governments are often responses to the aggressive tactics from internal and external enemies. The deviations in Stalin’s USSR, for instance, have to be understood in the context of the threat of an invasion from Nazi Germany. “Path dependency” theory states that these types of distortions become crystalized in time even after the threat disappears. Sooner or later all governments committed to thoroughgoing change will face this dilemma. The following interview explores this dynamic in the case of Venezuela.


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