Chavista Chronicles from Caracas: Lack of a Health Care System Behind US Covid-19 Catastrophe (Interview with Stan Smith)

Caracas, May 17, 2020 (Orinoco Tribune).- In this new episode of Chavista Chronicles from Caracas we interviewed Stan Smith. He is one of the most active anti-war and anti-imperialist fighters in Chicago and he runs the “Chicago-Alba-Solidarity” website.

We asked him how people in the US view social distancing and about what we believe is a lack of media coverage on scarcity issues in the US. We also asked for his opinion on where the US economy would go in the coming months as well as about his position on the response of social movements in the US to the pandemic and its consequences.

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In the video below, you will find the answers and in the second part of the interview, Stan Smith asks us how Venezuelans in general (including anti-Chavistas) see the US mismanagement of the pandemic and if that might have an effect on their support for Guaidó and the US regime change efforts.

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One of Stan Smith’s most striking comments was his analysis of US mismanagement of Covid-19 as being due to the lack of a national public health care system. The political leadership’s erratic and inept response results from them not wanting the US people to think a national public health program is an effective and sensible tool for dealing with the pandemic.

In the second part of the interview, we highlight that there is an evident trend within Venezuelan anti-Chavista politics moving towards an internal split in the G-4* political grouping or at least, requesting Guaidó’s replacement as the visible head of the US regime change operation.

(*) G-4 is the core anti-Chavista political group supporting Guaido. Accion Democratica, Un Nuevo Tiempo, Primero Justicia and Volunta Popular are the political parties forming this group.


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