Venezuela’s Problem Isn’t Socialism

Maduro’s Mess Has Little to Do With Ideology

Adriana Loureiro Fernández / The New York Times / Redux

In the last three years, tragic scenes of poverty and mayhem have dominated the coverage of Venezuela, a nation that used to be one of the wealthiest and most democratic countries in South America. Venezuela has become both a byword for failure and, curiously, something of an ideological hot potato, a rhetorical device dropped into political conversations around the world. [Lea la versión de este artículo en español aquí.]  In election campaigns from Brazil to Mexico, Italy to the United States, politicians invoke Venezuela as a cautionary tale of the dangers of socialism. Left-wing candidates from Jeremy Corbyn, …