Against the Grain

Populism and the Bolivarian Revolution

When Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998, it was on a wave of optimism about challenging the fundamental inequities of Venezuela, a country that had been battered by neoliberalism.  But the trajectory of the country from the heyday of the Bolivarian Revolution has been rocky. Leftwing Venezuelan scholar Margarita Lopez Maya discusses populism, Chavez, and his successor Nicolas Maduro.

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