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Power corrupts…

Posted by Charles II on July 2, 2011

Rory Carroll, The Guardian:

Speaking to the Observer last week, Chomsky has accused the socialist leader of amassing too much power and of making an “assault” on Venezuela’s democracy.

“Concentration of executive power, unless it’s very temporary and for specific circumstances, such as fighting world war two, is an assault on democracy. You can debate whether [Venezuela’s] circumstances require it: internal circumstances and the external threat of attack, that’s a legitimate debate. But my own judgment in that debate is that it does not.”

Chomsky, a linguistics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke on the eve of publishing an open letter (see below) that accuses Venezuela’s authorities of “cruelty” in the case of a jailed judge.

The self-described libertarian socialist says the plight of María Lourdes Afiuni is a “glaring exception” in a time of worldwide cries for freedom. He urges Chávez to release her in “a gesture of clemency” for the sake of justice and human rights.

Hugo Chavez has not done many of the things of which he has been accused. It’s not even clear that Carroll is properly reporting what Chomsky said (See Simon Romero, NYT not known for his leftist leanings, for a materially different take). But he has been in power too long. For his own good, and the good of Venezuela, it’s time for him to step aside. Power corrupts, and too much power corrupts too much.

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