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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

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  1. #1 |  PW | 

    “If Chavez is on the Hitler trajectory, he’s taking his sweet time about”

    Hitler’s first coup attempt was in 1923. But overlooking the inherent silliness in your attempted reduction of dictator characteristics to a simple reflection of the timeline, the parallels become very evident in that event on other grounds.

    Hitler and Chavez both unsuccessfully attempted to seize power by force.

    Hitler and Chavez both went to prison for said coups.

    Hitler and Chavez were both pardoned early from their prison terms.

    Hitler and Chavez both subsequently turned to the electoral system to gain an initial foothold of power.

    Hitler and Chavez used that foothold to seize widespread power beyond the constitutional scope of the offices they were initially elected to.

    Hitler and Chavez then employed that newfound power to silence political dissent and persecute opposition politicians.

    Hitler and Chavez used that power to heavily militarize their own countries.

    Hitler and Chavez became progressively belligerent toward other countries as their reigns progressed.

    We know Hitler today looking back on what he did in its entirety after his eventual demise. We only know Chavez as an incumbent dictator based on what he’s done to date. And what he has done to date does in fact closely parallel Hitler’s career through the pre-WWII stage from the attempted coup at its outset to the current stage of peacetime militarization and growing political repression, which would place modern Venezuela somewhere in the neighborhood of mid 1930’s Germany were the analogy to continue. To characterize Chavez as Hitlerian is therefore not at all unreasonable.

  2. #2 |  PW | 

    “For all the repressive things ol’ Hugo has done, he really doesn’t kill people.”

    Tell that to the victims of the communist paramilitaries he openly subsidizes and shelters. Come to think of it, that’s another parallel. Hitler had his brownshirts, and Chavez has FARC!

    It’s amusing what lenghts “ol Hugo’s” ideological fellow travelers will go to downplay and joke about his dictatorial nature.

  3. #3 |  John C. Randolph | 

    PZ is a state employee. His hostility towards Libertarians is not surprising.

    -jcr

  4. #4 |  reņģis | 

    @John C. Randolph: would you prefer there were no state employees in education?