January 25, 2019

Venezuela: Removing Maduro won't end the Communist regime

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant ShowJoseph Humire, the Executive Director of the Center for a Secure Free Society, joined me to discuss the massive protests in Venezuela against their socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro.

Maduro is a tyrant who deserves to be removed from power, but Joseph cautions that removing Maduro won't be enough to end Venezuela's "Bolivarian" Revolution.

WATCH our discussion to see how lower-level members of the regime (who actually have more power than Maduro) will maintain their hold on Venezuela even if Maduro is overthrown.

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commented 2019-01-25 18:32:42 -0500
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commented 2019-01-25 17:19:24 -0500
William Kay,
That was a flawed assessment according to your own facts in my opinion.
Communism is different than Socialism, btw.
The ruling party was formed by open communists such as the Communist party of Venezuela and its factions. Also, by main supporters for the Bolivian revolution.
Its a communist party with a socialist name. Sure as a communist country claiming its a republic.
The majority of VOTES count, not the law of the governing party without it being upheld by the courts.
You can’t outlaw its opposition and claim its not about democracy.
A coup is an illegal seizure of power.
So you’re right, its not illegal according to the popular vote.
commented 2019-01-25 13:32:14 -0500
The standard metric used to determine how socialist a country is involves gauging the portion of the workforce employed by governments and state-owned enterprises; or the portion of GDP generated by governments/state-owned enterprise. By such standards Venezuela is not at all a socialist country. It is noticeably less socialist than Norway. This ain’t about socialism, Ezra.

Maduro’s legitimacy turns on: a) the constitutionality of 2015 appointments to the Supreme Court; b) that Court’s rejection of four National Assembly members for electoral fraud; and c) that Court’s subsequent holding of the Assembly in contempt. The 2018 elections, which the main opposition boycotted, were observed by four international observer teams and found to be fair (as were Chavez’s elections). “Interim President” Juan Guaido’s reliance on Constitutional Article 233 is patently unsound. Moreover, Maduro’s democratic underpinnings are exemplary compared to several other countries in the region and many US allies. This ain’t about democracy, Ezra.

Coups work better when there is an element of surprise; that is long gone here. Regime change front groups fair better when their foreign sponsorship is not brazen; not the case here. Only a civil war will oust Maduro. Obama and Hillary’s “regime change” in Syria not only failed it left HALF the country homeless.
commented 2019-01-25 11:30:03 -0500
Communism/socialism is not the problem. It should be about the legitimate election by the people of said gov’t, regardless of philosophy, through truly democratic campaigns that embrace freedom of speech and the press.
You get what you vote for, but should also have the assurance to democratically change your mind in 4 or 5 years.