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Making Socialist Dreams a Reality

President Hugo Chávez may be known for his rhetoric, but at the same time he often makes good on his statements. He rails against imperialism and increasingly pushes the country’s political institutions, as well as its society, towards socialism.

A Reuters article chronicles some of Chávez’s recent moves in the country’s economy. The government has nationalized or expropriated major companies in a wide variety of sectors, ranging from oil to agriculture to telecommunications. During the past two weeks the Venezuelan government has deepened its involvement in the banking industry, which already faces strict limits on its lending practices.

Given this evidence, what should one make of Chávez’s declarations that he will remain in power for the next decade and more? If the economic changes described by Reuters are any indication, this is a sign that he will do what it takes to make this possibility a reality.



David D. Sussman

David D. Sussman is currently a PhD Candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), in Boston, Massachusetts. Serving as a fellow at the Feinstein International Center, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the lives of Colombian refugees and economic migrants in Caracas, Venezuela. David has worked on a variety of migrant issues that include the health of displaced persons, domestic resettlement of refugees, and structured labor-migration programs. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the Fletcher School, where he studied the integration of Somali and Salvadoran immigrants. David has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and is fluent in Spanish. He has lived in Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Venezuela, and also traveled throughout Latin America. In his free time David enjoys reading up on international news, playing soccer, cooking arepas, and dancing salsa casino. Areas of Focus: Latin America; Migration; Venezuela.