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Communism - The Americas


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The Bolivarian revolution

Cuba

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Communism in the Americas

I remember Reagan being villified by the left in the 1980s for fighting communism in Nicaragua, El Salvador and elsewhere in Central America. I myself bought the line that everything Reagan was doing in Central America was wrong. I supported communist Nicaragua, for example (even though I did not support the Soviet Union).

It is true that America supported right-wing anti-communist dictators, and that war crimes and democide were committed by anti-communist forces (see estimates for democide below). But Reagan was largely proved right by history. Today, communism in the region is largely defeated, and Central and South America is an oasis of freedom and democracy in a world full of tyranny.

Europe's "backyard" - the Middle East and North Africa - is today a mess - a dark region of tyranny and no human rights that threatens the world. But America's "backyard" - Central and South America - is today largely a region of democracy, freedom and tolerance. Precisely because of Reagan's strong stand. It worked. The left was wrong again.




The Americas today - a great zone of freedom.
Freedom House rankings.




Reagan and Thatcher helped bring freedom and prosperity to Central and South America




How Reagan brought freedom to Central and South America after 1980.
Trends in freedom in North (includes Central) and South America, 1946-2007.
From the Polity IV Project.
Red = Autocracy.
Black = "Anocracy" (a state with weak or non-existent central authority).
Blue = Democracy.
Cuba is the only remaining autocracy, according to them.




Countries



The Bolivarian revolution - a return to the failed past

Hugo Chavez of Venezuela is just another Latin American strongman thug, of the kind we have seen so many times in the past.






Venezuela among the worst of the worst countries at the bottom of the Index of Economic Freedom 2012.



The Axis of Evil:
The anti-American allies Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Jan 2012.
From here.



Hugo Chavez talks about Bush like a drunk 14 year old.
Search for more: Try here.
Are all dictators this stupid?
Compare this ignorant thug with the soaring idealism, intelligence and eloquence of President Bush.




Chavez dies - Hope at last for Venezuela?

  


A festival of evil: Chavez's funeral, Mar 2013.
Here, the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Other attendees at Chavez's funeral included the President of Cuba, Raul Castro, and the President of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang.
From here.




Venezuela's nightmare continues

  


Queues for food in Venezuela.
Like in the old Soviet Union.
If the Socialist Party or People Before Profit ran Ireland, we would be queueing for toilet paper like this.



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