The Chavismo Files


Following the recent shift in the Venezuelan National Assembly it is sensible to go back and examine the legacy Hugo Chavez and his acolytes that steered Venezuela to the edge of bankruptcy, notes the Center for Democracy and Development in the Americas.

The Chavismo Files are a case study of Chavismo and its destructive flaw in Venezuela over more than 15 years. It is about a regime that changed the country’s democratic institutions and replaced the organization of the state to conform it to its convenience, it adds:

A regime that expropriated productive agricultural, livestock and food businesses; that nationalized private land, buildings, shopping centers, warehouses, factories; that modified in their detriment the values of key institutions of society, such as the military and the oil industry. Hugo Chavez and his accomplices reversed the political and administrative decentralization of the state to focus government action on the President of the Republic. Venezuela was led to the edge of bankruptcy. Scarcity of basic staples became rampant in the country, health was taken to intensive care, and much of its industry was placed in ruins. Chavismo, as the expression of XXI Century Socialism, divided Venezuelans by promoting hatred among them. Criminality rose to unimaginable levels. Human rights were the most violated. These are the files to be used to judge Chavismo before history.

The Center for Democracy and Development of the Americas invites you to the signing and presentation of its latest publication:



Fermín Lares
Author, Senior Fellow CDDA
Hosted by
Leopoldo Martinez
President at CDDA
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

National Press Club (McClendon Room)
529 14th St. NW, Washington D.C., 20024


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