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[–] doginventer [S] 3 points -2 points (+1|-3) ago 

"Between 1995 and 2009, poverty and unemployment in Venezuela were both cut in half."

To me it looks like this was Venesuela's equivalent of the US's 'new deal', which was achieved at least in part with oil wealth (including the Petrodollar) and control of corporate and banking interests to allow the broader society to flourish.