August 22, 2007

The left wakes up, slowly


Unfortunately, many of us on the left have been silent on this issue for far too long. While we have been quick to criticize our own administration and other foreign governments (think Vladimir Putin) for undemocratic policies, there has been a tendency to overlook the authoritarian governing styles of leftist regimes like that of Venezuela. For some reason — probably because these leaders profess the dogma of economic equality and social reform — many of us on the left have defended these liberal autocrats.

But it’s time to wake up and get our priorities straight. We should not be blind to what is going on in Venezuela. We can no longer forgive Chavez’s dictatorial tendencies merely because of his avowed commitment to the country’s poor. Indeed, it is a grave mistake to overlook tyranny or authoritarianism even when it is couched in the rhetoric of liberal reform and social justice. Ultimately, while Chavez’s vision of an end to poverty and the creation of a more equitable society is an honorable and an important one, his way of achieving these goals is not. Upholding democracy is infinitely more important than any of these other aims.

Posted by Steve-O at August 22, 2007 11:13 PM | TrackBack

The BDS-induced spell is breaking for a few, but the Left in general remains in its sad state.

They have a long way to go.

Posted by: Gary at August 23, 2007 08:19 AM

One bullet, one of the 5000 Dragunov sniper rifles Chavez has just ordered from Russia (like Venzuela needs these) and one special forces sniper to finish the job! Faster please.

Posted by: Terrapod at August 23, 2007 04:57 PM