11-18-06 - 5

If you like capitalism and self-interest and such you should love the populist movement in Venezuela. Often populism is cast as "liberal" and socialist, anti-free-market. In fact the opposite is true, populism just means the people are voting in their own best interest, which is what they should do in an Ayn Rand idealogy. For far too long people in American have voted very much against their own best interest, which wickedly distorts the action of the state. One of the candidates in Venezuela is offering direct money back from their oil income; yeah, that's a cheap move and that can revolve into a self-destructive cycle of pandering for votes as well, but at least the politicians are at least trying to win votes by appealing directly to the people, instead of these purely image-based campaigns of lies and no benefits.

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