He continues to live for the place he has attained in the hearts of Venezeulans. Chavez leaves behind him a whole ideology that is based on justice and equality. No wonder that his stance chokes and blocks the throats of exploiters who were ecstatic at the demise of a great leader. However, what is mistakenly being taken for-granted is the institutionalization of his anti-imperialist policies. The Bolivarian revolution that inspired Chavez is now an accepted norm of governance not only in Venezeula, but also in other countries like Ecuador and Cuba.
Caracas was drenched with tears as mourners chanted the slogan: “Chavez vive, la lucha sigue,” “Chavez lives, the battle continues.” What a departure from the world for a revolutionary leader. More than two dozen world leaders were present at his funeral. There were reasons for it. The most obvious one being the straightforward and transparent nature of governance that the stalwart president practised. Above all, he is by far the most audacious and vocal oppositional force against the United States.
Chavez addresses the United Nations General Assembly 61st session on Sept. 20, 2006. He called President George W. Bush “the devil,” and urged Americans to read Noam Chomsky‘s book, “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance.
His plan was clear, simple and equally courageous. Back in 2009, 3 years after his re-elections and just a year before the Arab Spring started tightening the collar around dictatorial regimes, Chavez met Muammar Gadaffi. Chavez and Gadhafi urged African and South American leaders to strive for a new world order and counter Western economic dominance (I am speaking to Nigeria my country) . We’ve already seen the fate of Gadhafi and how US funded rebels got rid of him taking the edge of demonstrations that ignited in the entire Middle East. Nature has snatched away Chavez (some even go as far as accusing the US for poisoning Chavez).
What inspires me about Chavism is the resistance towards oppression, exploitation and fanatic manipulation. As Martin Luther KIng said: Evil in this world is not due to acts of the bad people but due to the appalling silence of the good one’s.