|I have a lot in common with Chavez - we both think Barbie sucks|
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has died of cancer at the age of 58, or so the official reports say. I figure the radical capitalists did him in, considering how honestly and truthfully Chavez spoke of their exploitative, and failing, economic model.
I will miss Chavez as a world leader with his emphasis on regular people, and his lack of bullshit when it came to pointing out who and what was the source of global misery.
Hugo Chavez: Quotes on Capitalism and Consumerism
“[The planet] is being destroyed under our own noses by the capitalist model, the destructive engine of development, ... every day there is more hunger, more misery thanks to the neo-liberal, capitalist model.”
“Capitalism is the way of the devil and exploitation. If you really want to look at things through the eyes of Jesus Christ — who I think was the first socialist — only socialism can really create a genuine society.”
"Capitalist countries promote the need for cigarettes, drugs and alcohol so they can sell them. They produce video games showing cities being bombed so that they can sell weapons more easily."
"Dolls like Barbie have nothing to do with our culture."
"We have to re-invent socialism. It can’t be the kind of socialism that we saw in the Soviet Union, but it will emerge as we develop new systems that are built on cooperation, not competition."
"Health can’t be privatized because it is a fundamental human right, nor can education, water, electricity and other public services. They can’t be surrendered to private capital that denies the people from their rights."
RIP Hugo. You were, unfortunately, one of a kind - a world leader brave enough to think differently, get out of the box, and confront greed and hypocrisy.