Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro made clear he is not a looter, as many people amazed by recent civic-military actions for his audacity in giving an order to lower the prices of home appliances and other mass consumption products by more than 50% intend to call him.
What happened in Valencia, Carabobo state, is just a “coincidence,” or perhaps a misunderstanding, when he ordered people to empty all the shelves they could find. It is also a “coincidence” what happened in Los Teques, Miranda state, and what kept spreading across other cities.
We could say the methods used at those retail stores do not seem orthodoxly economic, let’s just say more like the kind of competitive balances there are in market laws, and even more like huge and never-seen-before pre-electoral scrambles or a prison riot, and these even suggest premonitory signs of chaos, or fire, or the final collapse of the economy.
But perhaps Maduro might be thinking that soaring inflation and shortages have already disappeared due to the Christmas holiday, in which there will be certainly peace and fortune, jumbo-sized hallacas, and 18-year-old whisky to celebrate this much-anticipated season of the year.
He also pointed out, and this is not divorced from what we have previously mentioned, that Chancellor Elías Jaua was asked by a journalist in Mexico, among other things, if Maduro suffered mental health problems.
How is this journalist guessing there is a campaign from the international oligarchy (who are these people, by the way?) to make him look as a lunatic? Probably all this is based on stories that have been spread across half the world such as the late Hugo Chávez in the form of a funny talking bird or the creation of the Ministry of Supreme Happiness and that this “evil” oligarchy is not capable of understanding this as a sample of the high spirituality and supranormal powers the President has rather than symptoms of mental illness.
And neither does this disturb him at all, we are sure of that, because similar campaigns were made against his Father (Chávez) back in his days, which became frequently-used mottos from the Venezuelan opposition and even attempts of judiciary actions seeking his political disqualification.
But these raptures of love for the Homeland and his Father and, above all, his attempts to connect with the afterlife should be more reserved, more cautious. Not everybody can understand so much love and such excessive spiritual power. We are living in a prosaic era.
And regarding the economy, he should make use of more academic ways, such as those commonly used by Planning Minister Jorge Giordani, rather than the National Guard, which has raised so many questions. This way we could spare little aesthetical spectacles such as those of the endless and mournful queues to buy home appliances and other gizmos.
These long queues and the highly anxious people there are never polite, they remind us of Cuba, and perhaps they could get desperate after standing under the scorching sun for long hours, or maybe they could get bad thoughts all of a sudden and become a tumult, and even looters.
It is worth it to have a little style, a little sapience, despite the upcoming municipal elections on December 8 and not to see the economic catastrophe that is crushing us as a result of the ignorant and corrupt atrocities from the chavismo regime over the past fifteen years, but from a few speculators (who are legitimate sons of Chávez’s Cadivi) representing the imperialism, the bourgeoisie, the opposition party from Ramón Guillermo Aveledo and Pope Francis’ undesirable friend (Henrique Capriles).