Still trying to get a handle on what is happening in Venezuela. Many people will take away the lesson that leftist politics is a failure, except that it worked very well, especially for the poor. All it needed was high oil prices. I suppose any system can paper over problems when cash is gushing in. My take:. Left or right or center, let the voters decide. And then let them decide again in a few years. I worry that this is all just subverting our greatest principle, Democracy. A good article from the London Review of Books that has most of the actual facts I have been trying to find in the US press.