Scratch a liberal…

Posted: March 7, 2013 by Sean M. in Liberal Fascism

…and you’ll find a fascist:

Chávez was a strongman. He packed the courts, hounded the corporate media, legislated by decree and pretty much did away with any effective system of institutional checks or balances. But I’ll be perverse and argue that the biggest problem Venezuela faced during his rule was not that Chávez was authoritarian but that he wasn’t authoritarian enough. It wasn’t too much control that was the problem but too little.

That’s one Greg Grandin, writing in The Nation. I’m only throwing them a link because TV’s Andy Levy mentioned that quote to Michael Moynihan on Tuesday night’s Red Eye, and the latter almost didn’t believe it was real.

(Incidentally, get your Surprised Face ready: Mr. Dr. Grandin teaches history at NYU.)

We could get into the psychological underpinnings of this bully-boy bullshit as Ace did here, but when you get right down to it, the left enjoys itself some tyranny, plain and simple.

Update: Since I mentioned Moynihan, here’s his excellent post-mortem on the thug.

  1. veeshir says:

    These guys have an interesting view of him.
    A populist autocrat, then. And a very successful specimen on the species, too. A caudillo in the mould of Argentina’s Juan Domingo Perón and Cuba’s Fidel Castro,

    They not he’s pretty incompetent, but that’s just because they think socialism can work, they have Canadian after all.

    This part I can totally understand

    It probably helped that he was hysterically paranoid.

    It’s a fine line between “paranoid enough” and “hysterically paranoid”.

    I always check to see if I’m screaming, then I figure I’ve gone a little too far.

  2. DejahThoris says:

    That article is the literary version of masturbating in front of a mirror. I now feel an overwhelming need for an extremely hot bath, some lye soap, and a wire brush.

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