Martin Rodriguez

Martin Rodriguez

Policy Analyst

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Martin Rodriguez is a Policy Analyst at the LIBRE Initiative where he focuses on energy and regulatory affairs.

Rodriguez has testified in state legislatures on energy issues and had his work published in the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times, amongst others. He is also a regular contributor to LIBRE's blog.

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Rodriguez received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Journalism from Universidad Monteávila and a Masters in Political Science from Universidad Simon Bolivar. His graduate dissertation, “The Geopolitics of Oil of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela (1999-2013) and its impact on the relation with the U.S” was unanimously granted outstanding mention by the jury.

Posts by Martin

Elotero Blog

The Good Profit of The ‘Elotero Electrónico’

There is something all Latinos living in the United States have in common; our yearning for a better life for ourselves and our families, and our aspiration to achieve the American Dream.  With determination, hard work, and entrepreneurial spirit, we start businesses, find jobs or enroll for education, while making strides to provide a better … Read More
U.S. Hispanics Should be Concerned by Attacks on Speech

U.S. Hispanics Should be Concerned by Attacks on Speech

Recently we celebrated free speech week in the United States. This supreme value should not be a controversial issue in our country; after all, James Madison enshrined this principle in the Bill of Rights, and the courts have time and time again upheld it against all kinds of politically-motivated challenges. As Hispanics in the U.S., … Read More
VENEZUELA: It’s worse than you think.

VENEZUELA: It’s worse than you think.

Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis is reaching new lows, as the economic contraction that has befallen the socialist nation is “significantly sharper” than the one that occurred during the Great Depression in the United States. But its effects are far greater that any macroeconomic indicators could convey. The human suffering and the misery of millions of Venezuelans … Read More
Property Rights in Venezuela? Just Ask General Motors

Property Rights in Venezuela? Just Ask General Motors

Recently in Venezuela, 2,700 jobs and 70 years of operations in the country ended abruptly for carmaker General Motors (GM), when a court ruling ordered the seizure of a GM plant in Carabobo State.  This area used to be the heartland of the once robust Venezuelan auto industry. Following the court decision, GM issued a … Read More
Butchers, Bakers, and Communism in Venezuela

Butchers, Bakers, and Communism in Venezuela

Growing up in Venezuela, few things were more common for me or my fellow countrymen than making a quick stop in bakery to grab a few baguettes for the day on the way home. Although I no longer shop this way now that I live in America, it looks like this tradition will soon be … Read More