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Monday, June 6, 2016

Venezuela

Communist Summer of Starvation in Venezuela
It's summer and that means BBQ's, tacos out by the pool, beach days, and late night sun. It's all fun and games in countries where communism isn't the rule.  Consumer goods line the shelves, there are open air markets, restaurants deliver delicious meals - we take it for granted. That's just how it is.

If you're a communist, the summer experience is more like the picture (right).

Summer in North Korea means that you can work in the fields longer for food that somebody else will eat. You won't be compensated for that, but hey, everyone is a comrade. Everyone is equal but some, such as the over-fed dear leader, are clearly more equal than others.

Everyone expects the Norks to starve because that's all they've done since the communists claimed power. The rest of the world is a different thing. We don't expect people to starve (unless they're in Africa).

For the last twenty years all anybody in Venezuela talked about was politics. Over expensive meals, black label whiskey and cold beer on street corners the endless debate raged: revolution, popular democracy, participatory democracy. Conspiracies, the empire – planning; oh, the endless planning. Then came Hugo Chavez and communism...which we all knew was the beginning of the end. Are we all a species of Cassandra (prophetess blessed to see the future but cursed that she would not be believed)? Apparently that is the case. It takes a mighty poor prophet to predict that communism/national socialism, whatever the name, to impoverish a nation.

The only thing people talk about in Venezuela today is food. Where can you find milk? Has anybody seen eggs? Cheese, butter, chicken – these are the topics, on street corners in front of boarded up kiosks where the drunken debates used to rage. The beer is now gone, and sobriety is a heartless companion. It’s humiliating, but hungry people don’t have the luxury of pride.

It's the poverty of Marxism. Harvard professors still teach Marxism as though it was the gold standard – although they call it socialism these days. President Maduro of Venezuela praised Bernie Sanders for being the voice of  both true national democratic socialism and the workers. (In Germany, in the 30's and the first part of the 40's Hitler called it his National Socialist Worker's Party - but it's not politically correct to refer to Sanders - or Clinton in those terms.)

The Hollywood crowd love to talk about redistribution. They haven't yet told the people of Venezuela what to do when all the money in the universe will not buy a loaf of bread. Communism has built land of consumers, nobody is left who can produce. George Clooney isn't there to experience the reality that: orders and threats and storm troopers cannot turn that money into milk and butter and eggs. That is – and always has been – the job of free citizens.


Venezuela is a communist/socialist Sanders utopia - and there are no more free citizens. It's Atlas Shrugged in action. And even though there is a free college education for all, the people of Venezuela have other problems at the moment, distracting from their studies...because you can't study effectively when your belly button is stuck to your backbone.

Put that into your pipe and smoke it, Bernie.

The Mainstream Media don't have much to say about people starving in Venezuela (awash with oil) who are living the dream that is democratic socialism. I wonder why?



24 comments:

  1. I can't imagine scenarios like that, but I may have to some time in the future.

    If you ask a libtard about Venezuela, they'll just say that Socialism is wonderful, but "they didn't do it right."

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    1. None of it was ever done right (sigh). Yes, that is the whine of the dedicated commie. They point to success stories (all small countries with homogenous populations with vast natural resources that are being protected by big powerful countries that aren't communist/socialist, etc.).

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  2. The commies keep coming on, promising success, despite all the evidence to the contrary. of course a lot of rich shills in Harvard have a vested interest in pushing the myth. But a land of consumers with nobody left to produce? That's starting to sound a lot like the US or the UK.

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    1. The US is headed in that direction. It's not too late to turn it around but we don't make anything anymore...sound like Trump?

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  3. A highly disturbing video. But for the grace of God go I…
    The media will be sanctioned, reporting only what they’re told.
    There ‘aint much to combine and share over there when your only commodity is free falling in price. Free education and healthcare are just what you need when you’re starving to death in a mismanaged economy.

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    1. There are no doctors or nurses in the hospital. They're all out looking for food or taking food in payment for services out of their homes.

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  4. You know why they don't report it....

    It doesn't fit their narrative and the elite's agenda!

    Ah, yes...."They didn't do it right"...


    The defiinition of insanity...doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results....

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    1. Progs are by definition, insane.

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  5. Wonder which money-laundering havens all that oil revenue is going?

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    1. Since you asked, the Chinese are buying up all of the Venezuelan oil rights at the moment and they're also buying up (near worthless) Venezuelan currency (factored to their favor). They plan to buy the country at a fire sale.

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  6. As others have said, narrative and agenda. Sigh...

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    1. The progs and mainstream media won't ever allow the story the sort of coverage that it merits. What would it say for America's march toward socialism and communism?

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  7. All I can say is that Hugo and Company deserve some kind of Noble Prize for taking a resource/culture/history-rich nation like Venezuela down as quickly as they did. Most of the time it takes Communism much longer and much more suffering. Perhaps they can wrap it up and get on with the hangings and then the free market recovery.

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    1. Maybe a "National Darwin" Award needs to be created for them.

      Venezuela, pre-Hugo, was a healthy country, its people generally prospered, and though they experienced some of the turmoil common of most Latin American countries, the place worked.

      It's emblematic of how "elections have consequences".

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    2. Yes, let them move things along, starve some more, and of course make sure that the misery is properly videotaped. And distributed. This is a lesson that needs to be explained by those Harvard professors to the rest of us capitalists. I'd love to hear that lecture.

      And then I want to see the videotapes of the hangings, since societies in full meltdown mode will rightly or wrongly find culprits to pay for their misery.

      Now I am wondering why Greece didn't start melting down first. I am pretty sure that if Venezuela had been part of the EU, then they could have stretched out the collapse for perhaps another decade or two, as they sponged off of the collective.

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    3. The Greeks are an entirely different situation, as you point out. Had nothing happened in the EU or had they not been invited to join, they would have dealt with their inflated Drachmas in the same way as they had pre-EU. There would have been the petty revolutionaries and so forth and Greece would have relied on tourist dollars to fund a teetering economy. The money from the EU that flowed into Greek pockets was predictably like hosing money into a gopher hole.

      A view of Greek history provides all of the predictors in place, had anyone cared to look.

      I've worked in Greece. I have MANY Greek friends, and I get along just fine there. That doesn't mean that giving them "free" loans wouldn't cause them to implode.

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  8. I've been ranting & raving against socialism/commumnism all of my adult life. I guess I haven't been ranting & raving loudly enough. The evidence is clear, yet the relevent ears aren't willing to hear.

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    1. The problem America has is the decline in education. There is a generation out there that thinks socialism is a splendid idea.

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    2. Hmmm... fixing education sounds like something the GOP should focus on, but wait, they're too busy shooting into the circular firing squad to have any good ideas.

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  9. I'm reminded of Abraham Lincoln's disgust with the Democrats of his day who, just like today, were picking and choosing which groups of people were "in" and which were "out." Today's progressives use Marx's tired idea of class warfare in order to affect change. But it is change without direction, purpose, or sanity.

    As Lincoln put it: "When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy."

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    1. The Russians have a peculiarly czarist view of politics and it makes sense for Russia.

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  10. BTW Re: the floater... a Baby Ruth bar would be cheaper. Just saying...

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    1. I have no idea what the floater costs. I'm sure that I could afford rubber dog shit.

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    2. The question of who makes a living selling rubber dog shit is another question and as luck would have it, a friend of mine in China used to do that. The rubber dog shit and plastic palm tree king of China. He moved on from there, but he held the crown.

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