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.
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