Great day for my French essay. Why? Because I started writing it! So, to celebrate, I’m taking a much-deserved break. ha.
But no really, there are a few things which should brought to everyone’s attention. According to CNN, lawmakers in Venezuela want to increase the government’s control over the internet. Not surprised. He’s the anti-Julian Assange. Less transparency, more control. Obama/universal health care opponents, you should reconsider the word socialism.
CNN provides the proposed reforms. One is reasonable (dividing the day to accommodate different demographics; for example, G-rated content during the day, and more PG-13 content at night). That makes sense. I though that’s how the U.S. did it…unofficially/officially. There’s a proposed government internet hub, which could be used as a censorship tool. That’s a red flag right there.
The social responsibility law ” ‘also explicitly states that no broadcaster or internet provider can broadcast things that incite hate, cause “anxiety or unrest among the public order,’ or promote the assassination of leaders.” Well, promotion of assassination of leaders aside, this could limit the marketplace of ideas among people in Venezuela and could end up backfiring on the government, provoking unrest by suppressing freedom of expression. Problematic.
That’s just the minutiae of Chavez’s overall problem: too much power. No one man should have too much power. There’s a reason there are three U.S. branches of government, because Madison didn’t want the tyranny of the majority to mimic the power of one tyrant or despot. The U.S. governmental system is by no means perfect, but I’d rather have this than one nation under Chavez.
And to make this post a bit more …legit? Yes, legit. Here’s a response by the Noam Chomsky to my Lehigh English I professor, Vincent Walsh’s question about Venezuela via me. (I had written an essay about Venezuela my freshman year. I have several friends at Lehigh who live there and I always listen to their rants against Chavez..and this essay was my reaction to this. Walsh thought I was biased. Maybe I am..but I do live in Mexico..My family knows political corruption. And just to add, Chomsky is Walsh’s mentor. )
The most important question about Chavez is what Venezuelans think, not what NY Times editors think. That’s so important that the information, though readily available, is consistently — maybe universally — suppressed in the Free Press. It can be found by looking at the regular studies of Latin American opinion by the highly respected Chilean polling agency Latinobarometro. Their latest study finds that Venezuela shares first place with Uruguay in support for democracy and for the elected government and that it is well in the lead in support for the government’s economic policies — figures that have been rising steadily through the Chavez years.
And to end on a positive note, please watch this video. Found it on Twitter…