VENEZUELA: The New Orderliness

Proving that "order and democracy are perfectly reconcilable" is the prime aim of Venezuela's new government—no small feat with Venezuela's record for jackboot rule. But in Caracas, where Communist-led street mobs stoned Vice President Richard Nixon last spring and rumbled menacingly when their candidate lost a free election in December, the new notion is taking hold. In the squat white building that 16 months ago housed the dreaded cops of ousted Dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez' Seguridad National, a branch of the Education Ministry was quietly at work last week. Lavender city...

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