From Ressentiment to Redemption
Chapter 8: A case study: Venezuela 1992–2011
Since the beginning of historical time Venezuela has been regarded as a land of natural riches and human scarcity. From Christopher Columbus until present day, Crown chronicles, explorers’ reports, travelers’ journals, republican speeches, ministries’ reports to congress, official appraisals and evaluations, repeat that phrase as an ingrained belief on the relation of human beings to nature (Capriles 1996, 2009). There has been good reasons for that belief. Venezuela has been, and still is, a land of abundance and multiple riches; a wonderful climate and beautiful, wild, mother nature that is an untamed but reliable provider. And the people, mixed races and colors, were, or were always recorded as, weak but ‘of good disposition’.
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