Kristian Niemietz appears on CapX podcast
If you look at the glorification of various socialist regimes over the years by left wing intellectuals, with the more recent examples they became popular because they distanced themselves quite explicitly from old school Marxist regimes.
When Venezuela-mania started in the West in the mid 2000s, it started with a Chavez speech in 2005 during which he said “we are a socialist government and want a socialist transformation” but he also distanced himself from the Soviet Union.
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Further IEA Reading: The Road to Serfdom