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The fruit of the Enlightenment has been the growth and centralization of the state, at the expense of all other institutions. The material plenty we enjoy today are in spite of this change, not because of it.
Should Venezuela finally move toward real reform, Venezuela could reclaim its position as one of the most prosperous nations in Latin America.
As Venezuela shows, the abolition of federalism and other forms of decentralization have often been a prelude to a turn toward socialism.
All socialist states, including democratic ones, demand obedience and conformity in their economic and cultural diktats. And there is no kind and gentle way of snuffing out resistance.