Monday, January 29, 2007

Chavez Denies Intention to Seize Second Homes

Usually, I am not particularly critical of Chavez, but on this occasion I will make an exception. According to The Guardian:

Hugo Chávez, the president of Venezuela, denied yesterday that his government would seize private property, such as second homes or expensive cars, from the wealthy while he called on Venezuelans not to fear his push toward socialism.

I was disappointed to hear that Chavez will not pursue such a policy. As far as I am concerned, there is no justification for anyone owning two houses. Nobody needs to own two houses. Anyone that does own two, is an enemy that must be confronted. If this means taking their property away from them, so be it. Any large properties that are second houses should be seized by the government had turned into housing for the poorest and most vulnerable. No exceptions and no concessions. Any true revolution demands that this happens. To fail to do so, would be to fail the ones most reliant on the revolution.