Home Boca Raton 5 Questions with Boca Raton Children’s Museum board president, author Abilio Gonzalez
- How long have you live in Boca Raton and what attracted you to Boca?
We have lived in Boca on three occasions. After 19 multi-country moves, Boca Raton is the only city that we have returned to in our lifetime. My family loves the city and we have built a support system here that even our best friends have moved here as well. I’m donating half of the proceeds from my book “Breaking the Infernal Polarization of Power: Rebuilding a Republic in Venezuela” to the Historical Society of Boca Raton and the other half to the Boca Raton Children’s Museum.
- What’s it like being the Board Chairman for the Boca Raton Children’s Museum?
The Children museum is an unknown treasure in downtown Boca Raton. My daughter and her children have enjoyed the Children Museum extensively through our 20 plus years history with the City. Therefore, I wanted to give back and together with my wife and a great group of volunteers, we have started the turnaround process.
We need to raise funds to continue improvements to make the museum self-sustaining and able to serve the children of Boca Raton and surrounding areas. I’m so proud of the various programs that are delighting local families, including our work with special needs children that can learn the skills necessary for their development. It’s a magical place inside one of Boca’s oldest homes that the community needs to support.
- Why should Americans pay attention to the collapse of Venezuela?
The collapse of the institutions there have created the biggest Humanitarian crisis in our hemisphere. Today there are 30 million people in Venezuela. The vast majority of them are eating less than twice per day. They do not have access to medicines of any type. They spend the whole day waiting in lines at supermarkets to obtain the basic necessities. This economic collapse will affect America’s economy and increases in drugs and refugees should make America very interested in a turnaround.
- What caused the collapse of Venezuela?
The people were frustrated with a non-responsive and corrupt political system. They showed their dissatisfaction choosing the unthinkable… Hugo Chavez. He created class warfare and the militant groups called Bolivarian Circles, which became violent and have terrorized the population for the last 16 years. Private industry was taken over by the government, which lead to the country stopped producing the most basic goods becoming totally dependent on imports. They put all their chips into oil, which initially made them rich, until the oil market collapsed and so did the country.
My book proposes an unorthodox solution to the Humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. I have used Game Theory to come up with a set of solutions to turn the country around in the fastest possible way.
- Why did you write your book? What will people learn from it? Why is your book controversial?
I wrote the book because I love my family and the country of my birth. I am also uniquely qualified to use Game Theory to solve a problem that neither political or economic can address. I hope people will learn the plight of the Venezuelan People
This book is controversial because it proposes the creation of a new country through the secession of 14 States of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to form a Sixth Republic that will be able to predictably and efficiently trade with our traditional International Partners that have been demonized by the current regimen. This will eliminate the regimen that denies humanitarian aid leading to the deaths of many Venezuelans in particular children and the elderly.