Not-quite-post-Chávist Venezuela apparently viewed George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four as an instruction manual:
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of the “Supreme Happiness Under Secretary” to address social debt shortcomings and which was in honor of the late Commandant and president Hugo Chávez and the country’s liberator, Simón Bolívar.
“Comrade Rafael Rios will be responsible for implementing and coordinating the famous missions created by our ‘perpetual Commandant’ with the purpose of ensuring ‘supreme social happiness’,” said Maduro on a national address from the Miraflores Palace. Rios is a former lawmaker and military.
The Ministry’s first task, you ask?
The Orwellian and Kim Il Sung style announcements coincide with the creation of the “Loyalty and Love to Hugo Chávez Day” and come a few weeks ahead of the 8 December municipal elections which could bring surprises to the Bolívarian revolution ravaged by the most serious economic shortcomings in a decade particularly the lack of sufficient food and basics in the country’s stores.
The Venezuelan military, however, did demonstrate its capacity to almost smuggle a ton of cocaine.
And before we get around to promoting the idea of “Bolívarian revolution” — there is apparently no revolution Washington won’t promote, other than the American, which was more than 100 years ago — it might be well to remember that, as Kinky Friedman once said, “Simón Bolívar is the only person in history to be exiled from a country named after him.”
(Via Fausta’s blog.)