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Lugo vs Chavez: the smackdown

When we were writing chapter one of the Dictator's Handbook, "Getting to Power," what happened to Paraguay's Fernando Lugo didn't figure into the list of ways we identified for taking power. What to call it? Insta-coup? Coup-Peachment? How about just plain, "unfair?"

In fact, Paraguay figures strongly into the Dictator's Handbook. But not recently.
That's because Paraguay was a real dictatorship under the rule of Stroessner. Not so much anymore. But it turns out, there were other powers running things behind the scenes. Those politicians better deserve the title, and perhaps those were the gentlemen who have been reading our book.

Due process of law? Nope. Right of appeal? Nope. Transparency? Heck no. So long, Fernando, we barely had time to get to know each other.

This actually puts Venezuela's Hugo Chavez in the enviable position of being somewhat of a bastion for justice, threatening to cut off oil to Paraguay (Miami Herald) in retaliation. These authors never thought we'd see the day when we would salute Tio Hugo for coming out on the right side of something like this.

Lastly, to all those political scientists who predicted the end of the era of dictatorships, Richard M. would like to say a word with you, and the word is "nyah-nyah!"
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