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Takes on the World
Prof. Pedro Lange-Churión USF
 Jeff Blankfort  Contact Contributor
Pedro Lange-Churión examines Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution of Hugo Chavez, beginning with its pre-Chavez background then traces his rise and positive impact on other Latin American societies, moving them outside US orbit, but within the context of the caudillo system; his relations with Cuba; how he was undone by a combination of massive ego and inexperience and rewarding incompetents who ran oil rich economy into the ground; how, rather than rising from a people's movement, he preceded it; how institutions set up to help the poor, Chavez's base, have deteriorated; how today, with inflation among highest in the world, Venezuelans have to import food and commodities, while Maduro, having inherited Chavez's problems but not his charisma, has made bad decisions adding to Venezuela's problems.

Interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

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00:35:26 1 Oct. 15, 2015
KZYX Studios, Philo, CA
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