A. M. Mora y Leon at Publius Pundit has a link HERE to the land confiscations going on today in Zimbabwe and Venezuela. These countries aren’t so different after all!
Here is a comment sent today by an expert on Venezuelan Affairs in Miami:
I am glad to hear from you! But not too glad to report that there’s no much that can be done -at least for now- about the implementation of the Venezuelan Land Law.
As you know, since his election in 1999, Chávez has been instituting a so-called Bolivarian populist Revolution for the country’s poor majority, And now, with more power than ever, he has made land reform his next target, a task that actually began at the beginning of the year.
The government says it is trying to revive agrarian production through an ambitious plan to expropriate idle private lands and give them to landless peasants; the government’s enemies say it is instituting a socialist regime under which private land ownership could be the first casualty…. they also allege that lands are not being productive because there are not enough resources/investors due to the political instability…
Earlier, in January, Chávez said before warning landowners to “prepare yourselves, get lawyers, because a committee from the army could arrive to inspect your lands, to check your land titles.” “We have to give these lands to the poor who don’t have an acre…’’
So, he did…and will continue to do so as long as he holds control of the three powers: Executive, legislative, and judicial…ironically it was reported just yesterday that the current expropriation of private lands needs to go to the Supreme Court…all judges appointed by the government…
As you can see…there is not an easy solution to the crisis…but I am sure that the Venezuelans won’t dismay or give up…there will be more organized marches, more protests by the opponents, more initiatives to invite international entities to intervene too…and Chávez will not survived it all…I hope.