And for American political leaders, as well as the wielders of financial and corporate power, it should be noted that Venezuela’s problems began with a failure to address the country’s extreme wealth gap. Until the current troubles reached a crisis point, Caracas was a vibrant, modern city, home to a large, healthy middle class and a very fortunate upper crust of wealthy families. But on the hills surrounding the city a vast barrio of desperately poor people seethed with resentment. Those resentments produced Chavez and, now, Maduro.
The Venezuelan political and economic elite failed to address the inequities and disconnections in their country and now every Venezuelan is being brought low. Growing social disaffection in the United States already helped elect Donald Trump to the presidency and the rips in the seams of our democracy run in every direction. If they are not repaired, Trump’s follies may be only the start of the unraveling.
Let Venezuela’s agony be a reminder: It can happen anywhere.
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