…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.