A recent video of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro eating gourmet steak in Turkey —while millions go hungry at home— provoked outrage worldwide, which may be exactly what he wants, said Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor of Political Science.
In a Spanish-language editorial for the New York Times, Corrales suggested this is a political strategy for Maduro. The op-ed was translated and discussed by National Public Radio affiliate WLRN in Miami.
“An extremist government like Maduro's prefers economic devastation to recovery because the misery destroys civil society and, with it, all possibility of resisting [the regime's] tyranny,” he wrote.
“The idea is that you’re glad to see people leave the country, to see that the state has no rivals," Corrales told WLRN. “That way, people "have to increase [their] dependency on the state in order to survive. [Madulro thinks], 'I don’t really want to fix [the crisis] because it’s making me stronger.'"