OPEN MIC: What is the Legacy of Hugo Chavez?

Leftist leader Hugo Chavez died from complications related to cancer, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday. To his supporters, he was known as a strong supporter of his people and a staunch opponent of American influence in Latin America. To his critics, Chavez was seen as a classist dictator and wasteful spender who failed to deliver on his promise to alleviate poverty. The Wall Street Journal profiles Chavez in the documentary “Strongman,” while The New York Times looks back on 10 memorable moments in his career. What do you think the legacy of Hugo Chavez will be, to those in his country and others around the world?

We'll take the most mic'd comments and compile them into a PolicyMic article on the legacy of the Latin American leader. 


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Michael McCutcheon

Michael was formerly special projects editor at Mic. Prior to that, he worked at the Open Society Foundations on electoral reform. A native Seattleite, he's still mad about the SuperSonics.

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