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The Socialist Malady

Imagine if Hugo Chavez didn't, as the New York Times put it this a.m.,
"control all the levers of power."  Imagine if people hadn't been terrified
by the man who viewed himself and certainly aspired to be another
Castro.  One of Chavez' slogans was "socialism or death."  This malady
comes at least once in every generation.  And, more or less, the same
people catch it and, for a time, are delirious with joy.