Back in 1998, just before he was first elected President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez described his socialist revolution to me:
“Our revolution is like a river and the rain,” he said with typical bravado. “It’s a natural force.”
These days, it’s looking more like a spent force.
Today, March 5, marks the first anniversary of Chávez’s death from cancer. He was still in power when he died, and his revolution still rules Venezuela.