Originally Posted by jdrgator
Maybe not... though he was certainly bent on consolidating his power, which of course kinda sorta goes along with being a despot.
Since I am not one who generally believes in the existence of pure altruism , except perhaps in some limited circumstances such as a crisis situation or what a parent might do for a child, I do believe that even if what Chavez did was wholly egoistically motivated, his support of the poor with social programs was quite real and quite encompassing, thus perhaps the effects in some ways were altruistic.
And before you get on me about it, I am not judging how good/bad they were or anything else about him as a person/leader.
He was a statist and did not believe in the private property rights of individuals which made him the antithesis of Jock Locke.