The errors in Hudson's analysis are legion, and far beyond what will fit here (hence my citations). Yes Chavez proposed a lot of reforms and other proposals, nearly all of which failed or were grossly ill-considered, or both. As was proposed earlier, it was not so much socialist incompetence, just sheer incompetence that doomed Venezuela. The same thing is occurring in our government. Name a cabinet member that is qualified for his or her job. I can't. Like Venezuela, loyalty to the leader trumps competence, and like Chavez and Maduro, it has gotten worse over time.

There are a lot of valid criticisms to be made about our historical interventionism and dimwitted economic exports, but my complaint was that the focus on that over native failures missed the point. I think the parallels between Venezuela's failures and our own was the point of this thread.