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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-09-09 05:52 PM
Response to Reply #150
157. Nah, relax.
I know what you're talking about, just kidding around a bit. There was deep denial about the Soviet Union. At the same time, people preferred to deny it because they thought the repression was necessary given that Russia was under siege by the imperialist powers (an argument that might have been valid at least as late as 1924 or so, but loses me by Kronstadt 1920 at the latest).

But you're really off point here. NOTHING of the sort has happened in Venezuela, or looks to happen. They have regular elections, and Chavez keeps winning them, and ever increased popular participation, which has made the ruling class rabid. No Gulags, no repression. Quite the contrary. Venezuela knew massacres and repression before Chavez. Now the opposition gets to fly to Miami to conspire with the CIA and gets to return home without fear of arrest.

Even after the CIA-backed coup attempt, the Chavez government let most of the plotters (who tried to dissolve all institutions including the courts!) free, and allowed one of the participating TV stations to continue broadcasting for five years until its license expired under the law. If NBC had tried to help overthrow Bush in 2002, Tom Brokaw would have been tortured to death at Guantanamo.
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