OK, most of that's fair, tbh.All of that is fair enough, but I would disagree that it isn't "really" socialist at all. Fair enough it isn't socialist as Marx would want, but neither are most "socialist" countries. it still has many socialist ideas. It is simply a more authoritarian version of it. Just look at Venezuela's nationalization of oil, agriculture, tourism, transport and so on. Those all contributed to Venezuela's failure. This is mostly Hugo Chavez' fault, not Maduro although he continued it.
You're right that alot of Venezeula's failure has to do with lack of economic diversity, relying too much on oil, but the centralization also factors in here.
Venezeula is a version of Authoritarian socialism. It's not the preferable one but it is an example of a failed socialist state. It's not state run capitalism.
I still contest that centralization, in itself, is a factor though, man. The execution of it, aye, I would certainly agree there but we've seen centralization executed very well elsewhere. For example, Norway's oil resources. A lot of Europe's rail. Canada's healthcare. We know these things CAN and DO work so for the Republican's to focus entirely on the failures in Venezuela and use that to frame and discredit anything "SOCIALIST AND COMMUNIST" is fuckin' appalling as they know its bullshit but are playing on the ignorance and naivety of their own voters.