1. Venezuela used to be a “normal” country. It had elected leaders, an independent judiciary, and various parties alternated in power; presidents changed every five years; supermarkets were full; there were no shortages; and the country not only exported electricity to its neighbors, it was the world’s largest exporter of gasoline (petrol).
2. Venezuela’s problems were, as everywhere else in Latin America, about poverty levels, inflation, unemployment, corruption, etc. Comparatively speaking, however, Venezuela was in much better shape than its neighbors. Venezuela was home to millions of immigrants. Venezuelans did not emigrate.