Venezuela

Venezuela shows the best change doesn't come from military interventions

Venezuela shows the best change doesn't come from military interventions

This weekend could be a historic one for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The South American country, long slapped around by the very visible hand of Hugo Chavez-flavored socialism, is in the midst of a crisis. Inflation there will explode to 720 percent this year, according to the IMF. Supermarket shelves have gone bare, forcing the government to declare a “nutritional emergency” and President Nicolás Maduro to harangue his largely city-dwelling country on the upsides of personal gardeningEssential goods like toilet paper are also in short supply. And last year, Venezuela had the highest homicide rate in the world as residents resorted to crime to stay stocked.