Is Hugo Chávez the revolutionary leader Venezuela needs, or is he a historical anomoly, the result of the failures of the Venezuelan political class and the pressure of the global economy? Is he carrying out the will of the people, as he claims, or is he a master politician using his charisma to whip up support while carefully constructing a political regime in which he exercises almost complete control? Only time will tell. In the meantime, the people of Venezuela are waiting.
Hugo Chávez: Venezuela’s Redeemer?