I predicted this when I wrote the commie book, but I didn't expect that process to be completed BEFORE the book's publication.
We can, of course, argue forever and a day about the "true" meaning of socialism. But the point is: It wasn't us baddies who said Venezuela was socialist. It was THEM.
-Naomi Klein, 2007
-Noam Chomsky, 2009
Under Chávez, the poor have become a political power that cannot be ignored […] [H]e has proved it is possible to lead a [...] progressive government that breaks with neo-liberal dogma."
-Seumas Milne, 2012
Venezuela [...] demonstrated that it's no longer necessary to accept a failed economic model"
-Seumas Milne, 2012
-Len McCluskey, 2012
-Andy Slaughter (MP for Hammersmith), 2012
-Bill Hayes (Communication Workers Union), 2012
-David Prentis (UNISON), 2012
-Frances O’Grady (Trade Union Congress), 2012
-Jon Tricket (MP for Hemsworth), 2013
[I]n his death, we will march on, to that better, just, peaceful and hopeful world"
-Corbo, not present but involved, 2013
-Diane Abbott, ≈2013
I feel particularly passionate about defending the revolution of Venezuela and the Chávez legacy"
-Diane Abbott, 2013
here you had the contrast between capitalism in crisis, and socialism in action"
-John McDonnell, 2014
It's hardly surprising [...] that Maduro regards what's been going on as Ukraine-style US-backed destabilisation"
-Seumas Milne, 2014
-Neil Findlay (Member of the Scottish Parliament), 2014
we recognise what they have achieved, and how they’re trying to achieve it"
-Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, 2016
hostile sectors have been engaging in acts such as hoarding and price speculation and have purposefully generated scarcity"
-Peter Bolton (Council on Hemispheric Affairs), 2016
-Caleb Maupin (Canadian Centre for Research on Globalization), 2016
an orchestrated policy [...] of hoarding food supplies in order to foment social unrest."
-John Wight (various shitty outlets), 2016
-Ken Livingstone, 2017
But even I didn't expect them to go back into Full Lefty Smugness Mode so quickly. Look at this:
I'm not remotely surprised by WHAT they are saying. But even I'm a bit taken aback by how people who were so catastrophically wrong so recently can now be so über-confident and full of smug certainty.
Don't do this "Lol, read a book!", "Lol, you don't understand anything!", "Lol, you have no literally no clue mate!" thing.