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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?

If we extrapolate from the historical record, it looks like the U.S. couldn't care less if there is a dictatorship or not in Venezuela or anywhere else. What the U.S. seems to care about strongly is ...
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Why has Venezuela's economy collapsed when Cuba's has not?

Wait up a minute. Who says Cuba didn't fail spectacularly? Miami (and Florida in general) have a huge Cuban population. Generally, because Cubans did anything they could to leave that country ...
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Why has Venezuela's economy collapsed when Cuba's has not?

The reason Venezuela's economy collapsed was its over-reliance on oil exports. In the last half of the 20th century, the Venezuelan economy focused on growing its oil industry, while relying on ...
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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?

I think the most useful framework to use to view US foreign policy is the one set out in Walter Russel Mead's Special Providence. The thesis is that there are essentially 4 schools of foreign policy, ...
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How is Juan Guaido able to claim the Presidency of Venezuela without an election?

Guaido's proclamation is based in several articles of the Venezuelan Constitution and the opposition dismissing the results of the 2018 elections: The article 233 states that in case of "absence" of ...
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Is Venezuela an example of socialism?

Venezuela's economy Venezuela is a communist planned economy with an authoritarian government. It is, therefore, an example of Socialism. Under Chavez and Maduro, Venezuela's economy became a ...
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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?

Think back 50, 60, 70 years. There used to be something called the Cold War. Belief in their own system. Various free market economies are convinced that some from of Capitalism is right for people ...
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Why has Venezuela's economy collapsed when Cuba's has not?

Venezuela made a headlong rush into state ownership of businesses, at the direction of Chavez and Maduro. Consequently, the businesses saw their experienced executives replaced by friends of Chavez ...
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Why would Venezuela refuse international aid?

If President Maduro publicly accepts international aid, what does that say about him and his administration? It broadcasts a clear signal of weakness and distress. It says that he has failed to ...
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Why haven't the embargos against Cuba and Venezuela worked?

Generally speaking external sanctions do not substantially affect a ruling elite directly. They can have a secondary effect e.g. oil sanctions reducing bribe opportunities, but these weren't a large ...
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Why does South Africa support Nicolás Maduro?

South Africa clearly accepts the position put forth most forcefully by Russia and also supported by China that Maduro is quite simply the legitimate elected leader of Venezuela. In addition to the ...
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Why does South Africa support Nicolás Maduro?

Statement by Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations during the UN Security Council Meeting on Venezuela 26 January 2019 Mr President, In any country, ...
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Why would Venezuela refuse international aid?

Maduro IS accepting international aid. Just not from the US. Maduro is accepting aid from Russia, China and other international governments.There are several reasons why Maduro would not accept aid ...
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Why do Russia, China and Cuba support the Maduro government in Venezuela?

There is an underlying assumption in your question that I should highlight since it is a point of delicacy. The assumption is that National governments are concerned with the plight of citizens of ...
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Socialist elements in Venezuela

Let's say that nationalizations rather than welfare programs are closer to the hardcore idea of socialism. According to a 2012 Reuters article: In 14 years in office, Chavez has nationalized major ...
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Why haven't the embargos against Cuba and Venezuela worked?

US has already caused a lot of harm towards Cuban by imposing the indirect sanction rules that forbid any ship that docks in Cuba seaport from docking in any US port for at least 6 months. That ...
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Why does Venezuela have such high inflation?

In Venezuela there was inadequate incentive to increase production of valued goods and services under government policies. Any fixed investment that could increase production was at risk. Even if an ...
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Where is all the Venezuelan oil money?

To go back in history some, Venezuela was turned into a largely socialist country by the immensely popular Hugo Chavez. It was under his regime that Venezuela flourished, largely due to oil revenues (...
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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?

Being a Socialist state is not a crime by itself. There are plenty of countries in today's world that can be called more or less socialist: consider Nordic model, informally known as Swedish Socialism....
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Why would Venezuela refuse international aid?

Foreign aid, when all goes well, is a good thing. The usual metaphor is of neighbors helping neighbors get through a bad patch. International friendship, brotherhood of man, improving all of ...
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Venezuela: why rewrite the Constitution?

This is clearly part of Maduro's response to the ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela. Beyond that, supporters and opponents of Maduro have different perspectives on what this is about. ...
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Venezuela: why rewrite the Constitution?

In short, because Legislature is currently controlled by opposition which is understandably is trying to remove him from power; which just as understandably he's trying to prevent. Details are covered ...
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is the USA afraid of Venezuela?

Invading another country costs a lot of: Human lives - and it's much higher in the invaded country, in modern war. Money Political capital if the war is not uber-popular at home (citation: Vietnam, ...
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How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected?

Voter turnout in Venezuela's 1998 presidential election was 63%, which is mildly-moderately higher than the United States (50.3% in 2000, 55.7% in 2004, 58.2% in 2008, 54.9% in 2012, an estimated 55.5%...
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Is Venezuela an example of socialism?

There has been a lot of straw manning here. You can find many other people straw manning what socialism is elsewhere too, and when someone corrects them, they say they are committing the no Scotsman ...
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Is Juan Guaidó popular in Venezuela?

Previously, but no longer First, we need to establish an important distinction. Juan Guaido's popularity and Maduro's popularity need not sum to 100%. It's possible for Maduro to be highly unpopular (...
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What are the arguments to say that there is a non-democratic government in Venezuela?

This article tries to cover the reasons you are looking for: non-transparent elections: Nicolás Maduro won the presidential election by a small margin compared with the number of invalid votes. ...
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Why haven't the embargos against Cuba and Venezuela worked?

Additionally to Alex's answer, the embargo is far less likely to work if it's ineffective in preventing other major powers from engaging with the country. Most notably, Cuba has been USSR's (and to ...
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