#LaSalida? Venezuela at a Crossroads | The Nation

Ukraine. Bosnia. Venezuela.

Tear gas. Masks. Water cannons.

Ours is an age of riots and rebellions, of radical self-creation in the heady streets: Spain’s indignados, the Occupy movement, Mexico’s Yo Soy 132, and of course the Arab Spring. We are understandably excited when we see people in the streets, and our pulse may even rise at the sight of masks, broken glass and flames, because for so long such images have represented the shards of the old world through which we can catch the perceptible glint of the new. Recent protests in Venezuela against the government of Chávez successor Nicolás Maduro might therefore seem to be simply the latest act in an upsurge of world-historic proportions.

Not so fast.

via #LaSalida? Venezuela at a Crossroads | The Nation.

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One comment

  1. ianscyberspace · February 23, 2014

    Most often revolution only replaces one despot for another and those seeking a better life and form of governance are oft times the catalyst that brings that change about only to find to their horror they are no better off.

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