Capitalism

Chavez: Capitalism "Road to Hell" Paved with Booze, Barbies, and Playstations

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World in Flames, indeed

Venezualan leader and radio personality Hugo Chavez, offering yet another unwitting endorsement of capitalism in his weekly address this Sunday:

The capitalist countries "promote the need for cigarettes, drugs and alcohol so they can sell them. That's capitalism, the road to hell."

Also:

"Those games they call 'PlayStation' are poison. Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game; 'you've got to find Chávez to kill him.'"

The Guardian explains:

Chávez was referring to Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, a game featuring a villainous Venezuelan tyrant that bore more than a few similarities to the outspoken leader. It no doubt angered the him further when the game turned out to not be very good.

He also talked some smack about Barbie, proposing that she be replaced with "little indigenous dolls."

Reading between the lines about life under capitalism: Drugs and alcohol are easy to buy, video games—including ones where you can shoot Chavez in the head—are widely available, and there are also Barbies.

Read a great essay by a Venezuelan on life without video games, which were banned last fall, here.