Three days after Venezuela’s bloody coup d’etat, and the Davos Forum, on a day like today, Europe signed a treaty full of scorn and deception that would result in today’s political dispensation.

Venezuela’s next-to-last appearance at the World Economic Forum in 1992 -for the following 28 years, no Venezuelan president would attend- had a clear motive, the South American nation was the fastest developing nation in the world thanks to a package of drastic economic policy reforms under the tutelage of the International Monetary Fund & the World Bank, at the request of Venezuela’s government. Europe’s political & financial elites wanted to get some information from the man in charge of jump-starting Venezuela’s economy. It was the beginning of a European adventure of derision and stealth that would rouse the most ardent populism -Brexit.-

Contrary to what some academics -mostly Castro Leiva’s disciples- think hold themselves in very high regard. Venezuelans might not think when facing themselves in the mirror of their vanities, with intelligence merits and capacity of creation or grandiose destiny.
Without a doubt, Venezuelans convincingly believe that under “God & Federation” they’re born with the divine right to be wealthier than everybody else: Pearls, gold, diamonds, iron, aluminum, uranium, coltan, & more oil than any other nation on the planet.

Venezuelans tend to think that it is perfectly tolerable that informality, splurge, error & social welfare dictate the course of the South American nation. In the 1990s, TV network RCTV -closed by Hugo Chavez- played a soap opera which heavily satirizes Venezuela’s primary societal ailment: Corruption — written by Ibsen Martínez, “On these streets” narrates the life of several sectors of Venezuela’s society. Eudomar Santos was a character played by actor Franklin Virgüez -a street hoodlum whose main trait was improvisation to move forward in life.- While improvisation in the arts can be a successful strategy, -ask Larry David- in politics, it’s the society that pays the toll for such adventurous endeavors.

Venezuela currently acts as a 21st century El Dorado of modernity: Hellbent & impervious to any logical analysis; a society that has insurmountable amounts of mineral resources undeer their soles, rife with all sorts of mechanism for the coollective & individual advancement.

This Gold Rush Casablanca-Esque mining colony of modern times has no filters nor protocols, let alone boundaries for personal advancement: A Military Academy -The Home of the Blue Dreams- that graduates a soldier who roused in arms with Defence Minister Fernando Ochoa Antich bankers who end up in multi billion dollar scheme frauds of international implication is a clear example.

A conspiracy, formed many years before 1992,  -documented with military intelligence dossiers, compiled over time by top-level officers of the Venezuelan Armed Forces,- to overthrow Carlos Andrés Pérez -by murdering him & kidnapping his family- takes place with the necessary cooperation of key players in the -then civilian- political playfield of Venezuela’s power.

With a rather sordid cast of characters, General Fernando Ochoa Antich, a man whose rise to the Ministry of Defense is signed by how Venezuela’s -then-new- democratic political leadership of the early sixties in the Presidencies of Betancourt & Leoni chose to bargain quotas of power with the Military by yearly rotations of Military Academy promotions leads a years-long -and both ideological & fraternally driven- conspiracy.

In the years of the Acción Democrática-led Revolution of 1945, a group of generals with ideological leanings towards the Military governments of the early 1900s went into forceful exile as a purge from Venezuela’s Armed Forces takes place, amongst these officials, a Major by the surname Ochoa -Ochoa Antich’s father, for treason, like life in the barracks is a family thing- goes out of the country and with that group of ex-pats, begin plotting with Soviet spies a military junta power grab.

Carlos Andrés Pérez dismissed the reports repeatedly presented to him as “barrack gossip,” the gravity of this mistake would haunt the Caudillo from the frigid Andean highlands -from which Major Ochoa also hails -after his impeachment in 1993 and the rise of chavismo in 1998.

In the years of the Acción Democrática-led Revolution of 1945, a group of generals with ideological leanings towards the Military governments of the early 1900s went into forceful exile as a purge from Venezuela’s Armed Forces takes place, amongst these officials, a Major by the surname Ochoa -Ochoa Antich’s father, for treason, like life in the barracks is a family thing- goes out of the country and with that group of ex-pats, begin plotting with Soviet spies a military junta power grab.

Carlos Andrés Pérez dismissed the reports repeatedly presented to him as “barrack gossip,” the gravity of this mistake would haunt the Caudillo from the frigid Andean highlands -from which Major Ochoa also hails and Pérez personally, -after his impeachment in 1993 and the rise of chavismo in 1998.

Since the days of Carlos Andrés Pérez first government, “Saudi Venezuela” -UN-ECLAC Keynesian derision,- the country has always encouraged social climbing: The  Grand Marshall of Ayacucho Antonio José de Sucre Scholarship program was internal & permanent social ladder -ask Jorge Alberto Arreaza Montserrat.-

The governmental structure created by Venezuela’s politicians in the middle of the 20th century created a government-sponsored social-climbing ladder that paves the way for a civil political elite, -ideologically married to left-of-center Cold War politics.- Baby boomers that want to relive their days of thunder tend to forget -mainly due to neuronal plasticity- that is naïve to think that Venezuelan democracy doesn’t imply traversing the different circles of a Dantean Inferno -of the Bolivarian kind.-

These circles of Chavista Venezuelan Underworld share a lot in common with the straperlo and social-climbing ladders built by none others than the Fathers of Venezuelan democracy. The political groups surrounding the installation of a new democratic regime were at odds with each other for the massive rent benefits resulting from Venezuela’s much profitable mining activity and juicy government contracts.

Venezuela’s area size is more significant than the state of Texas: 925.026 square kilometres of a disturbingly perfect tropical paradise which has seen characters of the likes of Orlando Castro Llanes, Jesús María Castro León, Gustavo Machado, Hugo Chávez, Fernando Ochoa Antich, José Vicente Rangel, Walid Makled, Carlos Andrés Pérez, Alejandro Andrade & Juan Guaidó.