"Think," said President Marcos Pérez Jiménez, "of a country convulsed in political battle; of different parties, each trying to get votes by speeches filled with threats and defamation mixed with promises and offers of wellbeing; of streets in cities and towns painted and papered to the saturation point with posters designed to incite; of the populace abandoned to discussion and mental struggles, to screaming and tumult." It made a horrifying picture, but Venezuela's dictator was able to reassure his own people last week that they, at any rate, were in no great...

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