Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mass starvation expected in Venezuela

Members of national guard patrol a supermarket in Caracas

What else can you expect from dictator Nicolas Maduro?
Venezuela is running out of food and the government of Nicolas Maduro is running out of excuses. The article linked below calls Venezuela a “socialist” government. Let me tell you one thing about “socialism” in places like Venezuela and Argentina.
Mass starvation expected in Venezuela after socialist government nationalizes food distribution system

There’s nothing “socialist” about them. Finland is socialist. You may like it or not, but that’s socialism. What’s happening in places like Argentina, Venezuela and other Latin American countries isn’t socialism, its populist authoritarianism and dictatorships.
Argentina is the perfect example of such nonsense with Cristina and Nestor Kirchner, who became governor of Santa Cruz province before becoming president not thanks to the fortune amassed by socialist activism, but by the fortune amassed foreclosing people’s homes for banks. These are not tree-hugging liberals. These are blood thirsty bankers that only got into politics to steal even more effectively.
Venezuela has no democratic government, socialist or otherwise. It has an inept dictatorship that can’t even run the most basic aspects of a country such as keeping shelves stocked with food and toilet paper. Because they are dictators, they are used to forcing people into accepting their views, their opinions and they are so blinded they believe they can force reality itself to change by force. They think that simply forcing people to deny the food shortages it will make them go away. That is the level of stupidity and ineptitude of Dictator Nicolas Maduro.
Little nugget of wisdom:
"The farther you get from the capital, the worse the economic situation is."
This is something I’ve often made reference to when talking about the cell-like behavior of a collapsed country when it tries to keep its Capital afloat.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.


foobar said...

Hi Ferfal. I love your blog but I disagree with you about socialism and Venezuela. Venezuela is a pretty classic definition of socialism with state (dictatorship or otherwise) control of capital and the economy.

Finland and other examples of Nordic capitalism/socialism try to strike a balance between capitalism with free markets and privately owned capital and a large degree of state welfare. Socialism really can't exist for long in a desirable state without a healthy capitalist core. This is one reason why Venezuela is collapsing IMO. Maduro is making classic mistakes mismanaging the economy in his quest to destroy the private sector.

Anonymous said...

You mention socialism in Finland and that South American socialism isn't socialism- have you read Hayek's "Road to Serfdom?" If so, what did you think of his description of socialist Planned Economy and capitalist Free Market Economy?

Don Williams said...

Does anyone really think that the 400 or so billionaires in the USA do not have strong central control of the economy? That they put their money at risk? That they engage in real "competition" when campaign donations to Congress ensure that any massive profits will be privitized and any massive losses will be socialized? --i.e, dumped off onto the common citizens as massive debt. How many billionaires' sons have been sacrificed in the Middle East protecting Big Oil's foreign investments?

At least the government has to get your votes -- whereas the billionaires discard you like used toilet paper and laugh at NRA idiots waving their guns. They hire deceitful buttkissers in politics and journalism to distract you from what is really going on -- a collapse in real median incomes for middle aged US workers of 17% since 1999. And a massive spike in US suicides --political corruption in the USA having killed more Americans than Al Qaeda.

And no --I'm not defending the Democrats, who are just as corrupt as the Republicans but possess far more two-faced hypocrisy.

Don Williams said...

A US worker's share of the US federal debt alone is equal to 18 years of income tax payments -- about $145,000 per worker. How much does a citizen of Venezuela owe?
The USA was far richer in 1970 than Venezuela --whose citizens have lost the most if debt is accounted for? Have Venezuelans been paying into Social Security and Medicare accounts for 45 years , only to find that the accounts are empty as the workers enter retirement?

Besides, our billionaires like cheap workers -- so they will throw open the US borders and invite the Venezuelans in. Ensuring that both Americans and foreigners will be equally poor while the Rich get even richer while waving the American flag.


Anonymous said...

Even the best examples of socialism like Finland, still prove it's a bad idea. Notice the massive amount of muslim immigrants they brought in. Socialists bringing in new voters who are dependent on government handouts to keep them in power. Same thing occuring in the U.s mercifully with the less dysfunctional mexicans.

AbyNormal said...

@Anonymous, you fight the perfect fight... FOR the zillionairs.

“It is one of the saddest spectacles of our time to see a great democratic movement support a policy which must lead to the destruction of democracy and which meanwhile can benefit only a minority of the masses who support it. Yet it is this support from the Left of the tendencies toward monopoly which make them so irresistible and the prospects of the future so dark.”
Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom