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Nation columnist: Chávez ‘wasn’t authoritarian enough’

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Over at the Nation, liberal columnist Greg Grandin argues that Venezuela President Hugo Chavez didn’t have enough power. Chávez was a strongman. He packed the courts, hounded the corporate media, legislated by decree and pretty much did away with any effective system of institutional checks or balances. But I’ll be perverse and argue that the biggest problem Venezuela faced during...