Democracy Decline, Multiculturalism and Global Immigration Crisis: Challenges of the Post-democratic Age

Prepared for delivery at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association October 10-13, 2018, Orlando, Florida The rise of nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and racism (ECRI, 2016) has dominated the political, social and economic debate, expressed in the critical approaches to unexpected political outcomes with unsettling social and economic consequences: Brexit (Norris &[…]

What’s the road ahead for Venezuela?

The international community has no other choice but to reject the National Constituent Assembly in #Venezuela. The regime’s decision to call for a vote ignoring the constitution forces them to reject it. The Venezuelan regime seems to believe that foreign sanctions will reunify chavismo, but that might not be the case this time around. It[…]

The failure of Hugo Chavez

In 1998, Hugo Chavez appeared as a modern version of Robin Hood, an avenger poised to punish the ruling class for their disconnect and corruption. After his failed coup attemp in 1992, Chavez tried unsuccessfully to boycott democracy. It became inevitable for him to realize -thanks to his advisers really- that there was no clear[…]

A cry for Venezuela

This is what happens when you choose to look the other way. Throughout the years we forestalled about the danger Hugo Chavez represented. The mistakes made during the failed coup in 2002 allowed Chavez to obstruct any attempt to build a solid and democratic opposition. It took years for the democratic opposition to rebuild and[…]

Venezuela: a full-blown military dictatorship is consumed

Since his rise to power, Hugo Chavez always placed his confidence in the military, making the alliance with civilians a provisional arrangement until the institutional framework for the revolution would assure the complete control of society in the hands of the military. Chavez never concealed the mistrust he had in civilians, which was part of[…]