re: Venezuela and Revolutionary Moralism

I love Peter Lavenia's piece and the concerns he raises. However, is Peter really writing about Venezuela?
"Chavez wants to heavily limit whiskey imports, raise taxes on tobacco products, and encourage people to not “douse foods with too much hot sauce, exercise regularly, eat low-cholesterol foods, respect speed limits,” or have too much cosmetic surgery."
Peter expresses concern about a puritanical approach to revolutionary morality, important concerns, but I don't think he needs to worry about Venezuelan society to go that way.
I was only there once for a short time two years ago, and one hates to generalize, but I found Venezuelan's to be a fun loving, expressive, open, and warm.
There are some real deep social problems that are evident. Surprise, surprise! They're exactly the ones President Chavez is crusading on.
Peter's Marxist analysis should lead to an understanding that capitalism creates mass social pathologies, particularly among the most exploited and most oppressed. In Venezuela, that's the very people who constitute President Chavez's base. He's actually practicing revolutionary love and trying to help them towards healing.
Venezuelan culture going too austere? Don't give that another thought, because it's not going to happen. Venezuelan's love to party and dance too much.
Incidently, the correct quote of Emma Goldman is, "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution." There's a difference and it's relevant here.
In solidarity,
Jonathan Nack
Oakland, CA