Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wants to make sure that every kid in his country gets a good education: a good Socialist education, that is
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened the country's private schools with closure unless they adopt the government's socialist ideology.
Mr Chavez said schools must introduce a new curriculum being introduced this year that he said would help develop values of cooperation and solidarity.
Education had been ignored by past governments, Mr Chavez said.
But many parents are concerned that the new curriculum will spell indoctrination for their children.
But it's not enough for a leader of a wannabe Socialist nation just teach Socialism in the schools, one must lead by example.
One must nationalize the industries (i.e. steal property from people)
President Hugo Chavez's government took over Venezuela's last privately run oil fields on Tuesday, intensifying a struggle with international firms over the development of the world's largest known petroleum deposit.
Of course theft has a way of alienating people
Chavez is urging the private companies to stay as minority partners. The two sides are locked in contentious negotiations and have until June 26 to negotiate the terms, including compensation and reduced stakes.
The companies appear to be taking a tough stand, demanding conditions — and presumably compensation — to convince them that Venezuela will be a good place to do business.
Chevron's future in Venezuela "will very much be dependent on how we're treated in the current negotiation," said David O'Reilly, chief executive of the San Ramon, Calif.-based company. "That process is going to have a direct impact on our appetite going forward."
Leading the people to the Socialism Utopia also means making sure the people are fed. And not unexpectedly, this also involves theft
The leftist Chavez this week created a state food distributor and loosened some price controls, seeking to end months of shortages for staples like milk and eggs that have caused long lines and upset his supporters in the OPEC nation....
Jose Anzola, a director of food company Alimentos Polar, told reporters that troops stopped 27 of its trucks over the last three days and described the seizures as "illegal, arbitrary and irresponsible."
...Polar, one of the country's largest private employers and best-known brands, produces and distributes grocery products including corn flour, a central element of Venezuelan cooking, and the country's most popular beer.
Business leaders say shortages of these products are caused by strict price controls, which have lagged inflation that is Latin America's highest.
The other thing a beloved leader of the Socialist Utopia must do is make sure everyone is participating in the Socialist way: i.e. no one is trying to make a profit
President Hugo Chavez threatened on Sunday to take over farms or milk plants if owners refuse to sell their milk for domestic consumption and instead seek higher profits abroad or from cheese-makers.
With the country recently facing milk shortages, Chavez said "it's treason" if farmers deny milk to Venezuelans while selling it across the border in Colombia or for gourmet cheeses.
"In that case the farm must be expropriated," Chavez said, adding that the government could also take over milk plants and properties of beef producers.
"I'm putting you on alert," Chavez said. "If there's a producer that refuses to sell the product ... and sells it at a higher price abroad ... ministers, find me the proof so it can be expropriated."
Addressing his Cabinet, he said: "If the army must be brought in, you bring in the army."
No wonder Hugo is so intent on early Socialist education: If kids know what is expected of them when they grow up then Chavez doesn't have to use the Army as a learning aid.