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John Stossel vs. Noam Chomsky on Venezuela

ReasonTV - 2017-08-15

Stossel has an exchange with famed M.I.T. linguist Noam Chomsky, who once praised former President Hugo Ch?vez socialist policies. ----------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes: Reason is the planet's leading source of news, politics, and culture from a libertarian perspective. Go to for a point of view you won't get from legacy media and old left-right opinion magazines. ---------- Venezuela used to be the richest country in Latin America. Today, its economy and civil society are disintegrating. The country is experiencing widespread hunger and out-of-control violence--a result of former President Hugo Ch?vez' move, starting in 2002, to nationalize industries, establish price controls, and block foreign capital from entering the country. Back when Ch?vez was still in power (and still alive), U.S. celebrities, including Danny Glover, Naomi Campbell, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Sean Penn, praised the former president and his brand of 'Bolivarian' socialism. As did left-wing intellectuals, including the famed M.I.T. linguist Noam Chomsky. What do they have to say now? In an exchange with John Stossel, Chomsky said that he never described Chavez's 'state-capitalist government 'as 'socialist,'' and that capitalists 'undermine the economy' in all sorts of ways. Which brings to mind the phrase 'useful idiots' (attributed to Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin), which means a person who champions a cause they don't fully understand. Produced by Naomi Brockwell. Edited by Joshua Swain.