Some people would say Donald Trump, a rich right winger, is the complete opposite of Hugo Chávez, the infamous leftists of once modest means. Other people, such as Mexican writer Enrique Krauze, believe they’re basically the same person because being on extreme ends of the opposite spectrum will eventually make a full circle (it’s, like, geometry 101, you dorks).
Krauze recently updated his book El poder y el delirio for the Spanish market (he added a new prologue, cut a few edits here and there), but he’s basically taking advantage of Trump’s current popularity in order to remake his point on Hugo Chávez, the main subject of El poder y el delirio, and any other political figure who may fit the the bill:
The phenomenon is happening right in front of our eyes: a charismatic leader’s attraction is equal or above any margin of ideology. It happens in the left, it happens in the right.
Enrique basically calls both Trump and Chávez delirious false prophets of the populist kind:
Nobody thinks that Trump has a leftist molecule in his veins, just like no one bands Chávez and Maduro as characters from the right. However, they closely resemble each other because of their demagogic use of the microphone, image, and because they promise the impossible and tell people what they want to hear.
Yes, people, it’s all about being a showman. Fuck “ideals” or whatever you think politics is really about. Politicians are here to give us a show, not to help anybody improve the quality of their life, or whatever nonsense you keep telling yourself.
Ah, and since Nicolás Maduro’s name is being dragged into this, Krauze is happy to underline something everyone already knows:
Maduro is not Chávez. The charisma was not transmitted. Chávez was not bloodthirsty, Maduro is. I do not think that Chávez would have imprisoned Leopoldo López or Ledezma; he was a smarter and more Machiavellian man, but in a good way.
Well, it’s pretty safe to say that a person doesn’t have to be pro or anti chavismo in order to agree with Krauze.
Read the entire interview with Enrique here.