Saturday, September 24, 2011

Venezuela: how not to run an economy

Here's how you shouldn't run an economy.  From Juan Cristóbal Nagel at Caracas Chronicles, the forms that Hugo Chávez signed when people asked him for money while he was in Havana.  The highlights:

--he can check off boxes, which include keeping the decision secret (permanently or for a specified amount of time) or tweeting it. Yes, Twitter is an official option.

--the boxes even include the unspecified option "otro" even though the other categories seem pretty exhaustive.

--a reminder that once elected, the president is a military officer (i.e. "Comandante Presidente")

From a pedagogical perspective, the photos of the form constitute a great visual image of clientelism.


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