In 1998, a passionate majority of Venezuelans elected a new president. His name was Hugo Chavez, and he was the first leader in generations to come from outside the ruling class. He vowed to redistribute Venezuela's oil wealth and to involve the people intimately in the political process. Openly comparing his populist movement to that of Simón Bolivar, he encouraged literacy, enfranchised many thousands of working poor, decried globalization and promised to liberate his country of the "free-market policies imposed on Venezuela by... More >>>