Rest in Peace, Hugo Chávez
March 6, 2013, 11:25 pm
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng

(28 July 1954 – 5 March 2013)

We must confront the privileged elite who have destroyed a large part of the world.

– Hugo Chávez, September 2002

Hugo Chávez was one of those who have inspired me, especially in his earlier days as the President of Venezuela although I don’t quite agree with some of his later decisions. It was sad to hear about his passing but I know that the legacy of the man who genuinely wanted to improve the lives of the poor in Venezuela will forever live on, despite the efforts of many in the world who have sought and are still seeking to destroy his name.

Rest in peace, Chávez, and thank you for being one of the teachers in my life although we have never met.


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I have always admired Chávez for going against the American imperialists. It is sad to hear of his death. At the same time I wonder at the pure luck the American government is enjoying now that a thorn in its side is gone. It hints at some sort of conspiracy since other Latin America leaders have been hit by cancer as well. What gives?

Comment by Pete

The world has lost a good man and great leader.

Comment by Cheok Yew Lee

Dear Rachel,

Tariq Ali has written a sympathetic piece on Chavez in the Guardian. I work in a South America country which has come under the influence of Chavez. And so I have had a chance to see his “revolution” up close. He was a nationalist who used marxism and socialism to help the plight of the working class. He was not into middle class democracy and abhored the elite and their tendency to exploit the masses.

Chavez leaves a mixed legacy. He was not a democrat nor a saint but used the democratic process to get his way. The lot of the poor has improved but govt institutions are weak.

Comment by Guan Lee

HI Rachel

Hugo Chavez is a larger than life person. I wonder though, if the intentions are good but the results are a nation of hungry people without access to world news, can we really say he did it right?
I go back to Maslow’s heirarchy of needs. First the belly, then mind, then spirit, then soul! Hugo Chavez was all soul… but we can’t eat dirt. His legacy is controversial and leaves me conflicted after all’s said and done.

Thanks for the post though. It stimulated a lot of thinking. For that I’m always grateful.

Comment by Audrey Chin


Comment by JeffGoh

Thank you everyone for your comments and here is a general response:

I am no great fan of most capitalists and I care nothing about the political survival of any governments or politicians.

Chávez improved the lives of the poor in Venezuela but he did not stop the rich from being rich. Venezuela is currently the country in Latin America with the highest minimum wage that has by the way, increased progressively over the years.

Globally, he is not the favourite person of capitalists but his passion and contributions towards making life better for the poor, has inspired me. 🙂

Comment by rachelabsinthe

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