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Post Who Exactly Sees Venezuela as a "Socialist Model for the US"?
Created by John Eipper on 10/21/21 6:37 AM

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Who Exactly Sees Venezuela as a "Socialist Model for the US"? (Henry Levin, USA, 10/21/21 6:37 am)

Clearly I am missing something in my daily reading and conversations. Francisco Wong-Díaz seems to be in contact with a lot of persons who are supporting the Chávez and Maduro revolution and has a lot to say about them.

I live in New York City and have daily contact with colleagues from all over Latin America. I have not met a Chavista, not just now, but over the entire Chávez-Maduro era. Unlike Francisco, I am not surrounded by them. I wish that he would reveal how and where he finds the multitudes of Chavistas in the San Francisco Bay Area, how they are organized politically and socially, and how they are attracted to him as sympathizing with their paradise that they have shared their inspirations and made him an outspoken expert on the US thinking on this topic.

The Mission District of San Francisco is not a representative sample of the US, so we should worry if Francisco is making generalization based on conversations drawn from that barrio--or wherever he has found the SF Chavistas.

JE comments:  I just remembered that there's been a picture of Hugo Chávez on the WAIS homepage for a very long time.  The accompanying article doesn't praise Chávez in any way (quite the opposite), but it still may give the wrong impression.  I need to freshen our homepage.

So to echo Hank Levin's question:  Where are the US Chavistas?  Possibly--just possibly--Michael Moore?  The US Right's syllogism seems to be that Biden=Socialism, and Venezuela=Socialism...ergo, anyone who is not outraged by Biden wants to turn the US into Venezuela.  There are some serious leaps of logic here.

The author of the WAIS "Twenty Years of Chavismo" article, Hank Levin's cuñado in Caracas, José Ignacio Soler, has just sent an update.  Please come back in a couple of hours.

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  • Venezuelans in US: Who Supports Maduro? (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA 10/22/21 3:29 AM)
    Just a short note in passing about sources requested by Henry Levin (October 21st).

    First, in my Cuban family of origin we have a Communist first cousin who married a Venezuelan lady, and we also had a distant uncle who owned a chocolate factory in Caracas. Second, on the Berkeley and Stanford campuses there are outspoken Venezuelans on both sides and some are very active online.

    Third, in Florida, Los Angeles and New Orleans, large contingents of Venezuelan expats are actively opposing the disaster that is VeneCuba. If Henry is such an expert, he would know that the SF Mission is not a place that welcomes anticommunists from anywhere.

    JE comments: A search for "who supports Maduro in the US" yields very little.  The "literature" invariably focuses on the Gang of Five nations propping up the Venezuelan regime:  Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and of course Cuba.  Turkey with its NATO connection is the outlier here.  What does Erdogan hope to achieve by backing Maduro?

    I did discover one San Francisco personality who may belong to the Maduro camp:  District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who worked as an interpreter for Chávez in the early years of his presidency.

    Among Cubans, politics are always a family affair...and a divisive one. Francisco, could you tell us more about your communist cousin? Has he remained on the island?

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