It gets worse in Venezuela (updated)

Signs emerge that antisemitism is being systematized and bureaucratized in Venezuela, while the regime moves to officially identify its media opponents. Daniel, of Venezuela News and Views, updates us on the descent of a regime from democracy to Marxist dictatorship, a form of political change about which Americans need to learn. An excerpt:
There is a theater group trying to stage a revival of Fiddler on the Roof (in Spanish of course). For this they were counting on a local Orchestra, Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, to provide the music. Last week we learned that one of the bureaucrats in charge of the orchestra called to say that they would not be playing in that musical because they did not want to be associated with anything Jewish.

Germany circa late 1933 anyone?

Teodoro is very right in pointing out that the drama of the story is not that an order came directly from above to stop the play (I personally doubt that many in the government have enough cultural bagage to know what a Broadway show is). The drama here is that a lackluster bureaucrat decided on his/her own to call the producers of the show (Jews by the way) to tell them that s/he was sorry but it was better for the orchestra not to participate since it could jeopardize its grants. In one report the producers state that the bureaucrat in question, anonymous to this date, was not antisemitic, he was just being cautious. In my opinion this makes the whole thing even less palatable.

There you have it, chavismo has been successful in creating such an antisemitic atmosphere in its governmental echelons that now bureaucrats think it safer to avoid any association with any Jewish or pro Jewish group. Amen of Israel or Zionists organizations! Why wonder about
yet another small grenade thrown a week ago at midnight to a Jewish religious center? It does not matter the pious protests that anyone, including Chavez might utter: the fact of the matter is that they have created the beast and if it is not killed fast it will keep growing and growing. ...

But it will be getting much worse, and not only for the Jews. This Sunday, the breast thumping gorilla who thinks he won on February 15 a mandate to do absolutely as he pleases demanded his followers to identify all the media that is opposing him.

Hat tip: A.M. Mora y Leon

Update: Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light has more


From Caracas, Venezuela's El Universal:

Chávez orders to identify media "owned by oligarchs"

"Were it not for these media, (...) government's popularity would be higher than 80 percent"

Despite a sore throat, a medical advice to stay silent and his promise that his TV and radio program Aló, presidente! (Hello President) would be shorter than the previous ones, President Hugo Chávez spoke on Sunday for five hours, when restarting his weekly program that he had suspended on January 11th, due to the electoral campaign for the constitutional referendum that lifted the limit on presidential terms.

Venezuela's President ordered his governors and mayors to draw "the map of the media war" to determine which media are "owned by oligarchs."

After saying that "there are not five million rich people in Venezuela," with regard to the opposition vote in the referendum, Chávez said that "were it not for the attacks, the lies, manipulation and exaggeration of the mistakes of the government" by the private media, the popularity of his government would be 80 percent instead of 60 percent or 70 percent, as he claims to have.

"Every mayor, in every city council must make an analysis. How many radio stations are there? What is the content of the programs? Every governor in his or her respective state must do the same analysis. Let us draw a map of the media war. With respect to the newspapers, how many newspapers are owned by the oligarchs in Aragua state, in the municipality of Zamora? There is also a media war on the Internet. There is a daily battle. I beg you to put at the forefront of this battle," Chávez said.

Signs emerge that antisemitism is being systematized and bureaucratized in Venezuela, while the regime moves to officially identify its media opponents. Daniel, of Venezuela News and Views, updates us on the descent of a regime from democracy to Marxist dictatorship, a form of political change about which Americans need to learn. An excerpt:
There is a theater group trying to stage a revival of Fiddler on the Roof (in Spanish of course). For this they were counting on a local Orchestra, Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, to provide the music. Last week we learned that one of the bureaucrats in charge of the orchestra called to say that they would not be playing in that musical because they did not want to be associated with anything Jewish.

Germany circa late 1933 anyone?

Teodoro is very right in pointing out that the drama of the story is not that an order came directly from above to stop the play (I personally doubt that many in the government have enough cultural bagage to know what a Broadway show is). The drama here is that a lackluster bureaucrat decided on his/her own to call the producers of the show (Jews by the way) to tell them that s/he was sorry but it was better for the orchestra not to participate since it could jeopardize its grants. In one report the producers state that the bureaucrat in question, anonymous to this date, was not antisemitic, he was just being cautious. In my opinion this makes the whole thing even less palatable.

There you have it, chavismo has been successful in creating such an antisemitic atmosphere in its governmental echelons that now bureaucrats think it safer to avoid any association with any Jewish or pro Jewish group. Amen of Israel or Zionists organizations! Why wonder about
yet another small grenade thrown a week ago at midnight to a Jewish religious center? It does not matter the pious protests that anyone, including Chavez might utter: the fact of the matter is that they have created the beast and if it is not killed fast it will keep growing and growing. ...

But it will be getting much worse, and not only for the Jews. This Sunday, the breast thumping gorilla who thinks he won on February 15 a mandate to do absolutely as he pleases demanded his followers to identify all the media that is opposing him.

Hat tip: A.M. Mora y Leon

Update: Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light has more


From Caracas, Venezuela's El Universal:

Chávez orders to identify media "owned by oligarchs"

"Were it not for these media, (...) government's popularity would be higher than 80 percent"

Despite a sore throat, a medical advice to stay silent and his promise that his TV and radio program Aló, presidente! (Hello President) would be shorter than the previous ones, President Hugo Chávez spoke on Sunday for five hours, when restarting his weekly program that he had suspended on January 11th, due to the electoral campaign for the constitutional referendum that lifted the limit on presidential terms.

Venezuela's President ordered his governors and mayors to draw "the map of the media war" to determine which media are "owned by oligarchs."

After saying that "there are not five million rich people in Venezuela," with regard to the opposition vote in the referendum, Chávez said that "were it not for the attacks, the lies, manipulation and exaggeration of the mistakes of the government" by the private media, the popularity of his government would be 80 percent instead of 60 percent or 70 percent, as he claims to have.

"Every mayor, in every city council must make an analysis. How many radio stations are there? What is the content of the programs? Every governor in his or her respective state must do the same analysis. Let us draw a map of the media war. With respect to the newspapers, how many newspapers are owned by the oligarchs in Aragua state, in the municipality of Zamora? There is also a media war on the Internet. There is a daily battle. I beg you to put at the forefront of this battle," Chávez said.