Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 Discusses Venezuelan Election in Foreign Policy

Venezuela’s Magical Realist Voters
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Foreign Policy
September 26, 2012

Even within a region justly famous for its magical realism, Venezuela can seem particularly incomprehensible to outsiders. This is a nation of bellicose rhetoric that has not gone to war since its independence, where oil rents are lavished on foreign allies despite obscene domestic poverty, and where fervent baseball fans decked in blue jeans routinely decry the evils of American cultural imperialism. Yet even by Venezuelan standards, the events leading up to the October 7 presidential election have been strange.

First there was the news of President Hugo Chávez's