Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez appears to be taking steps to nationalize and close golf courses. Chavez has already nationalized oil, steel, and cement companies. Several weeks ago, the BBC reported that Chavez was taking steps to seize two privately owned golf courses in the center of Caracas in order to provide housing for the poor. Chavez recently called golf a “bourgeois sport.”
A person interviewed in the NPR segment noted sagely: “how can you nationalize a sport? I mean, that would be the extreme of totalitarian government, wouldn’t it?” I’m sure this will work out well. After all, “land reform” has worked really well in other settings.