Monday, December 07, 2009
The Hugo Chavez litmus test
As I wrote here, there is a simple measure which can be used to differentiate the faux-left from genuine socialists.
The Hugo Chavez litmus test.
For genuine socialists, Chavez is a hero for the way he governs his country in the interests of the majority, for his redistributive economic policies and for his outspoken opposition to the neoconservative war agenda.
But for faux-leftists he's a "demagogue" and sometimes even a "dictator" despite his regular election victories, his frequent use of referendums and his belief in devolving power to local communities.
The Hugo Chavez litmus test works every time. Here's the latest example.