Free pies, in the sky

It didn’t work in Russia, didn’t work in Cuba and it ain’t working anywhere else, but the people have spoken and they gave Chavez their vote. Time to reap the benefits, who are we to judge, good luck folks; I think you’ll need it.
President Hugo Chavez announced plans Monday to nationalize Venezuela's electrical and telecommunications companies and amend the constitution, transforming his country into a socialist state.

"All of that which was privatized, let it be nationalized," Chavez said in a televised speech, referring to "all of those sectors in an area so important and strategic for all of us as is electricity."
I hope the citizens will be getting free lights and phones, isn’t that what socialism is about. I hope they aren’t too attached to their lands, as that should really be turned over to the state, who needs land and possessions when the state is supposed to provide for all your needs. Free healthcare, pensions, education, transport, childcare, come on Chavez show us Utopia.
"The nation should recover its ownership of strategic sectors," he added after swearing in a new Cabinet. Chavez also said he wanted a constitutional amendment to eliminate the autonomy of the Central Bank.

"We're moving toward a socialist republic of Venezuela, and that requires a deep reform of our national constitution," Chavez said.
He’s already got the "blame America for every stuff-up" fine tuned, now he just needs to weasel his way into remaining in power for all eternity. Once that’s done, no matter how stuffed up the country gets, he can always blame the imperialist Americans, "the devil", and insist not enough time and money was spent to make it work.

To any budding socialists languishing here in the west, please pack your bags, why don’t you join Chavez and show us how it’s done.

Update - From BBC today

Swearing in his cabinet two days before his own inauguration, Mr Chavez explained that the new era would be backed by "five engines", which would:
  • allow him to rule by decree
  • lead to socialist constitutional reforms
  • reinforce popular education
  • change the geometry of power (a point which he has yet to explain)
  • lead to the "explosion of communal councils"
In the same address, Mr Chavez also announced he would nationalise key businesses, declared himself a Trotskyist and cited the ideas of Marx and Lenin.

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