21 September 2007

Socialism with some nose candy

I was first attracted to this article by a strange juxtaposition of the Alan Greenspan's picture with the article headline on the Yahoo News:

Eventually it appeared that there is a link: the caption to the picture says that "Greenspan sharply criticized Latin American populist politics of the kind practiced by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in his memoirs out Monday". Which was not of an immediate interest to me, but browsing the article itself I have stumbled on the interesting fact. It relates to the college-level syllabus that is being renewed under the watchful eye of the Comical Hugo:

The syllabus also includes quotations from Chavez and urges students to learn about slain revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and Colombian rebel chief Manuel Marulanda, whose leftist guerrillas are considered a terrorist group by Colombia, the U.S. and European Union.
Hmm... Manuel Marulanda, the leader of the nefarious FARC, the de facto drug overlords of Columbia, is declared an official thinker in Venezuela, on par with Karl Marx. Interesting, to say the least.
Venezuelan officials defend the program at the Latin American Medical School — one in a handful of state-run colleges and universities that emphasize socialist ideology — as the new direction of Venezuelan higher education.
Of course, the new "socialist" direction Venezuela is taking explains the necessity of filling the future doctors' brains by Das Kapital, no arguing with this. Probably Marulanda's relevance to the medical school somehow stems from the wondrous health effects of the white powder he is instrumental in pushing?

Guess which of the two (admittedly colorful) birds in the picture is DUI?