: What's your view on Lt. Col. Chavez, Barry?
Since I do not have much information regarding the region, I cannot opine.
All I can really say (generally) is that socialism needs large-scale industry (productivity) in order to succeed---or a strong enough state to resist to close their economy to cheap capitalist goods. My opinions on 'some' capitalism you already know.
I wish the comrades south of the border there much luck.