As I said before people use Chavez as an shining example of Democratic socialism. They will even try to sugar coat it and say that its just like Europe, mainly they will mean the Netherlands. And the purpose is to convince us that Democratic Socialism is the cure all government model that we need in America and the entire planet viva! all kinds of **** occupy the world and all of that in your face I dont care what you think BS.
The first problem with Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution is that he is promoting Participatory democracy. Participatory democracy is easily corrupted and results in the majority dictating to the minority. Participatory democracy causes fragmentation of the population since if you do not agree with the majority you have no recourse but to join or start a new faction in a attempt to have your voice heard. The occupy movement show cased just how this works and the results. The occupy movement splintered into factions and now you mostly just hear from the more radical factions in the occupy movement.
The second problem with Chavez and his Bolivarian Revolution is that his political party The United Socialist Party of Venezuela is self described as the "political vanguard of the revolutionary process". This should set of alarms at the very least since this is not a Democratic socialism concept at all. Instead it is a Communist concept (notice the big C). Vanguardism is nothing more than a political party trying to dictate to the population what single ideology that the country can have. Also Vanguardism promotes only one single political party as the only choice. And if you look at Chavez's progress it is quit obvious that his plan is for there to be no opposition political parties in Venezuela.