Simon Bolivar weeps, but Kurt Vonnegut laughs — bitterly.
- National Post: Venezuelan president promises free houses, cash to Olympians — amid country’s worst economic crisis ever
- Washington Post: You’re Fired! Venezuela Orders Purge of State Workers Who Oppose Maduro
- Buenos Aires Herald: No Democracy in Venezuela
- UPI: Amnesty International criticizes Venezuela’s forced labor decree
- New York Times: In Venezuela, Political prisoners as Pawns
- El Universal: Best and brightest for export
- Wall Street Journal: Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro Looks to a Marxist Spaniard for an Economic Miracle
- Al Jazeera: Venezuela World’s Worst Performing Economy
- Slate: How Much Worse Can Venezuela Get?
- Money.Mic: Venezuela Food Crisis
- Common Sense: Venezuela’s New Firing Squad
- Common Sense: Fatherland, Socialism and Death!
- Common Sense: Failure and the Five-Day Weekend
- Wikipedia: Kurt Vonnegut
- Wikipedia: Tralfamadore
- Common Sense: Concerned and Confused
It might have made more sense to select a Latin American writer, such as Vargas Llosa, as the touchstone to a piece about a Latin American political implosion, but some confessions must be made: Common Sense is more aware of Vargas than, uh, familiar with his work.
The final word of the column references a different satirist altogether: Sinclair Lewis, whose It Can’t Happen Here aimed to show that, yes, tyranny could come to the United States, too.