I am not an uncritical supporter of Venezuela. Asserting sovereignty is good, at least for Venezuelans – the following, presumably, is not:
- Financing the budget by printing money
- Asset stripping your state oil company and replacing everyone competent there with cronies.
- Ad hoc nationalizations of supermarkets.
- All of which led to hyperinflation and a GDP collapse deeper than Russia’s in the 1990s.
- Developing one of the world’s homicide rates.
Still, it needs by now to be definitively acknowledged that the Bolivarian Revolution is more “real” and has more staying power than CIA gigolo Guaido and the larping lolcows that pass for American mercs these days.
It’s especially noteworthy that the latter were detected and turned in by socialist fishermen.
But what’s even more noteworthy is that it has done this even while being exceptionally and unusually “soft” by the standards of early revolutionary socialist regimes (Maduro hasn’t killed many more people than Macron). In contrast, not cracking down hard enough undid Evo Morales.
Anyhow, if it has survived to date, then it is almost certainly here to stay. The economic crisis is now global, and the cold war between China and the US should be good for countries like Venezuela.