This post at Althouse on Venezuela's slide into a barter economy reminded me of the following observation by Charles Krauthammer:
"Venezuela had a proud democratic tradition going back half a century, then allowed itself to succumb to a Cuba-inspired caudillo who emasculated every rival center of power. His successor has proven even more incompetent and authoritarian. The result is a dictatorship of unusual malice and spectacular ineptitude."
Let us never forget those who cheered for Hugo Chavez and his thug regime.