Chávez’s Legacy: The Transformation from Democracy to a Mafia State

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Chavez’s Legacy: The Transformation from Democracy to a Mafia State refutes the claim that Chavez’s regime corrected the errors of Soviet Communism. This book traces Venezuela’s communist transformation and its effects on the neighboring nations of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. This book also examines Chavez’s behavior in the international arena, strongly emphasizing his close association with Iran and narcotics terrorism.

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Ari Chaplin has taught courses in comparative politics, Latin American history, and terrorism at various colleges in the New York City Metropolitan area. He also served as an educational consultant for the RMC Corporation in New York City. His book Terror: The New Theater of War was published by University Press of America.

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To encourage the review and discussion on the true legacy left him to Hugo Chavez Venezuela and allied countries to the socialist political project, the professor Yorker, Ari Chaplin wrote a penetrating analysis that lays bare what is known as Chávez. ... Chaplin makes a careful study. ... Chaplin leaves a reflection that triggers the discussion at the university level in the United States. World leaders, struggling to maintain democracy, have largely ignored the achievements of leaders like Hugo Chávez and his supporters in their efforts to transform the system of representative democracy to a state controlled by authoritarian mafias. (MiamiDiario)

“Ari Chaplin has written a thorough and original book about the nature of the Chávez regime taking into account not only the socio-economic realities and the national and international policies of his autocracy, but also the use of myths, discourses and references of his populist style.” (Ariel Segal, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicada and San Martin de Porres University, RPP (Radio Programas del Perú) and the newspaper Perú21)

“Chavez’s Legacy is an interesting analysis of this pseudo-democratic path and its consequences in this century's Venezuelan experience. Ari Chaplin manages to cover the tortuous path to reach absolute power through a corrupted electoral process that unwary democracies may follow. He shows how absolute power, once achieved, is a breeding ground of corruption. He goes on to reveal that false ideological motives actually led to the creation of a mafia state. The power structure of such regimes and the generalized corruption at all levels of government indeed model those structures on the well-known vertical mafia criminal system.” (Gerado E. Martinez-Solanas, DomocraciaParticipativa.net)

“Ari Chaplin´s book decisively debunks the Chávez myth. It is thoroughly researched and well-written. An excellent effort of analysis and assessment.” (Anibal Romero, Simón Bolívar University)

“If you want a serious analysis of the democratic erosion that has occurred under Chavez, I strongly recommend Ari Chaplin’s book. It is a clear eyed look at what chavismo really means, what the consequences are of this regime that combines inside authoritarianism, fascism, militarism, populism, drug trafficking and terrorism. It is a must read for anyone interested in politics.” (Maibort Petit, V-Factual New York)

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