Although we are an opinion blog, we are not a news service. However, following election results we have learned that Hugo Chavez has been reported as the winner of the Venezuelan presidential election. This will disappoint the Power Elite in Washington inasmuch as it keeps the one effective counter to the Washington Consensus in Latin America in power. Cuba does not offer an alternative, its leadership is old and tired and it lacks resources. Venezuela has oil reserves and although Chavez is enthusiastic for a Bolivarian socialism of the 21st century, he is no dogmatic Marxist, and thus a real challenge to American hegemony.
The DISSENTING DEMOCRAT congratulates Hugo Chavez, but most of all extends its good wishes to the people of Venezuela.