What you don't realize is that the NYT sees Chavez as having succeeded.
Except for the enlightened elites who run things, pretty much the entire country is dirt poor. This is equality. This is fairness. Everyone is EQUALLY MISERABLE.
Pretty soon the population will start to plummet as people starve and children die soon after they are born (or birthing them kills both mother AND child and multiplies the effect as then she won't be having any more kids and she stops consuming resources).
Almost no one in one of the most oil rich countries on earth can use oil as few can afford it - so Venezuela isn't causing global warming.
Everyone equally miserable save the elites and no global warming = UTOPIA.