Priorities — the post-mortem edition

08/03/2013 § Leave a comment

Having studied Latin America, I know that its politics and economics are complicated. Having grown up in the US and paid attention to its history and politics, I also know that its relationship to Latin America is complex and far from altruistic.

Hugo Chavez has died, so the post-mortem analyses of his administration are rolling in. I don’t know enough to have a firm opinion on Chavez, but I do know enough to be very wary of anything the Anglo media says. Put simply, they are unlikely to have the interests of Venezuelans at heart. (If you don’t believe me, look up ‘Salvador Allende’.)

And so, a post from the left-wing US media watchdog group FAIR (h/t Yann) was a welcome reminder of the different sets of priorities and how they colour our views of the world:

That’s right: Chavez squandered his nation’s oil money on healthcare, education and nutrition when he could have been building the world’s tallest building or his own branch of the Louvre. What kind of monster has priorities like that?

Once again, it’s all about the objective function.

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