June 23, 2017
Ongoing street battles between police and anti-government protesters have left more than 60 killed and thousands injured since April. A recent headline from the Washington Post asks: “Is Venezuela on a path to civil war?” In response to the widespread turmoil, President Nicolas Maduro has armed tens of thousands of government supporters.
In chaotic scenes reminiscent of the 2013-2014 “Maidan” protest in Ukraine, protesters armed with wooden shields, gas masks and Molotov cocktails lit large fires outside the Venezuelan Supreme Court and ransacked the building.
Negative social mood appears to correlate with a collective increase in discord, fear, depression, malevolence and destructiveness. These manifestations are on full display in Venezuela. Chuck Thompson looked at Venezuela’s plight in the February 2017 issue of The Socionomist.
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