Comments on: Let’s Call a Populist a Populist. http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2006/09/26/lets-call-a-populist-a-populist/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:04:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 By: A.R. Richardson http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2006/09/26/lets-call-a-populist-a-populist/comment-page-1/#comment-15 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 16:49:31 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=35#comment-15 http://www.economist.com/world/la/displaystory.cfm?story_id=7968369

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By: A.R. Richardson http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2006/09/26/lets-call-a-populist-a-populist/comment-page-1/#comment-14 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 04:00:05 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=35#comment-14 In the post, I never stated that Chavez was right in using the inflammatory language that he did last week, or that he has in the past. The podium at the UN was never meant to be a bully pulpit.

What I proposed was that we, as Americans and as college-educated adults, try to look at Chavez’s rhetoric from a variety of angles, rather than simply writing him off as a raving lunatic.

We cannot order him to keep quiet. We will never change his mind about the current administration. But we can attempt to understand where Chavez is coming from, and the language in which he speaks, even if we don’t agree with one word in his rants.

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By: Keenan Steiner http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2006/09/26/lets-call-a-populist-a-populist/comment-page-1/#comment-13 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 06:21:13 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=35#comment-13 Even though you think otherwise, you didn’t one up me Richardson. Yes, Chavez is an important voice who represents a lot of Latin Americans. Yes, he did not come to power through fraudulent elections – though he did so by co-opting Venezuela’s democracy to suit his interests.

That is neither here not there. It’s flat out inappropriate to call another world leader an alcoholic or the devil on the international stage, especially at the UN – unless it’s Hitler. And, I don’t care what radical Latin Americanists say, even though George Bush II is a screw up and by no means a humanitarian, he’s not Hitler.

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