2015 January 30 Friday
Democracy Fail In Venezuela

Grocery shelves are bare. People spend most of a day waiting in line to buy at the few grocery stores that stock chicken. This is the product of democratic government and the characteristics of the majority of the Venezuelan people. Massive fail. When you are too stupid you can't help but be part of the problem.

“I’ve always been a Chavista,” said Ms. Noriega, using a term for a loyal Chávez supporter. But “the other day, I found a Chávez T-shirt I’d kept, and I threw it on the ground and stamped on it, and then I used it to clean the floor. I was so angry. I don’t know if this is his fault or not, but he died and left us here, and things have been going from bad to worse.”

She has no idea what it takes to make an economy function and why markets are needed to provide incentives. She voted for Hugo Chavez and can't figure out whether Chavez and Maduro are responsible (with her) in trashing the Venezuelan economy.

The majority of people in Venezuela are not capable of responsibly discharging their duty in elections. The economic conditions in Venezuela are the result of a democratic process (albeit with opposition politicians thrown in jail). A Breitbart piece is pretty funny: Crisis Prompts Venezuela to Consider Raising Gas Prices Above $0.002/Gal. With 65% per year inflation (and rising) the government is selling gasoline for less than a penny a gallon while grocery shelves are bare! Prospects for allowing more market signals are dim.

Why do I oppose open borders? Because the majorities in many countries can not responsibly participate in democratic elections and can't understand what it takes to make an economy function. What we should have instead: a massive sort where the irresponsible, dumb, deluded, and foolish go to their own countries while the competent, responsible, conscientious and bright cluster together in a different set of countries.

Counterpunch writers (see one of them on Veneuzela) should definitely be sent to countries where everyone thinks socialism makes sense. Put all the socialists together. Take all the capitalists out of those countries. Why should socialists have to have internal sabotage caused by black market capitalists? We'll them them make purer socialist systems by removing all capitalists and letting the capitalists settle in capitalistic countries.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2015 January 30 03:16 PM 

AMac said at January 31, 2015 7:37 AM:

> Counterpunch writers (see one of them on Veneuzela)

Thanks for the link to that great tl;dr article on the Glories Of The Perpetual Venezuelan People's Revolution And The Necessary Never-Ending Campaign Against Wreckers, Saboteurs, And Imperialist Mercenaries. Or whatever.

Change a few words, and it could have been straight out of the 1938 Workers' Daily.

Humor is present on multiple levels, even if the authors don't get the joke. For instance, one of them is a tenured professor at a minor-league U.S. public university. Nice work if you can get it. Tear down the system you hate from within, and all that.

Mike Street Station said at February 1, 2015 1:02 PM:

I can hardly criticize the voters of Venezuela for being too ignorant to understand the issues they're voting on. That's basically true of a larger and larger percentage of US voters as well. As H L Mencken said, "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

Seth W. said at February 4, 2015 2:49 PM:

If you think Venezuela is bad, take a look at Mexico. Just next door.

Neil McNeil said at February 4, 2015 4:25 PM:

Are you speaking about Venezuela with the same kind of "knowledge" that you showed you didn't have about Cuba?

Even a Canadian was telling you what kind of disciplined and orderly society Cuba is, only a few posts back. It's good that you write about Venezuela, because I see you cannot write about Cuba, because you don't know much Cuba.

Hope you're right on Venezuela and with real knowledge, not just the latest news, otherwise I'm outta here.

WCN said at February 7, 2015 4:30 AM:

I think this is more about culture than it is about economic system. Norway and Denmark seem to do pretty well under highly socialist policies while countries such as Venezuela and Zimbabwe fail at whatever they try. Venezuela could go free market and the place would be just as poor 20 years from now.

Seth W. said at February 9, 2015 2:43 PM:

Most of Latin America has been leaning left for quite a few years now, except Mexico, Peru and Colombia. Free market has done more harm than good for these three countries. Probably the best living standard countries in the region are Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, all of which are left oriented. I mean "best living standards" considering it's Latin America we're talking about. Left seem to be working much better but only for some Latin American countries.

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