Venezuela descends into chaos. Its people, once the wealthiest in Latin America, starve. Even The New York Times runs headlines like “Dying Infants and No Medicine.”
My Venezuelan-born friend Kenny says his relatives are speaking differently. Cousins who once answered “Fine” or “Good” when asked, “How are you?” now say, “We’re eating.”
Eating is a big deal in the country that’s given birth to jokes about a “Venezuelan diet.” A survey by three universities found 75 percent of Venezuelans lost an average 19 pounds this year.
So are American celebrities who championed Venezuela’s “people’s revolution” embarrassed? Will they admit they were wrong?
“No,” says linguist and political writer Noam Chomsky. “I was right.”
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