2016 May 16 Monday
No Medicines, Broken Machines In Venezuela Hospitals
What is happening in Venezuela is a horror story. Read it. Imagine a hospital that no longer has running water, let alone soap. In government hospitals the death rate of babies has risen over two orders of magnitude. Entrepreneurs are getting shafted. If your factory union forces you to buy toilet paper on the black market you'll go to jail. I think of Atlas Shrugged. Venezuela has become totally dysfunctional.
President Nicolás Maduro must be dumb. How else to explain the large number of appallingly stupid things the Venezuelan government does?
What I do not understand: Why haven't the Venezuelans risen up in revolt? Even though the lower classes are probably not bright enough to understand what has gone wrong I would at least expect them a lash out in anger sufficient to overthrown the government. But no. Not so far.
If I was king of the world I'd carve out a piece of Latin America for more talented Latin Americans and let them flee to this paradise while keeping out the rest of the population.
By Randall Parker at 2016 May 16 03:14 PM
Maduro isn't dumb - or crazy. In typical Latin American socialist fashion, he enriches himself and his cronies at the expense of the ordinary people. For example, who is the richest woman in Venezuela? Why, it's that tireless servant of the people, Maria Gabriela Chavez, daughter of Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chavez, who now lives in New York (she's an alternate ambassador to the UN). Her net worth - get ready now - is estimated at $4.2 billion! Of course, she keeps her money in the US and Andorra to avoid the debased Venezuelan currency. Smart girl!
How about another example? Let's see - what other Latin American country is hard-core socialist? I've got it - Cuba! The poverty in Cuba makes Venezuela look like Switzerland by comparison. The average monthly wage is around $20. But this doesn't trouble those faithful servants of the Cuban people who have created this disaster, the Castro brothers. They live like kings! According to this report in the UK Daily Mail by a former Castro bodyguard, the Castro's are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and even have their own private island, Cayo Piedra, which has amenities worthy of the super-rich, such as a floating restaurant.
All this reminds me of an old song:
The State oppresses and the law cheats.
Tax bleeds the unfortunate.
No duty is imposed on the rich;
The rights of the poor is an empty phrase.
Enough languishing in custody!
Equality wants other laws:
No rights without duties, she says,
Equally, no duties without rights.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
Will be the human race.
Oh yes, that's the third verse of the socialist/communist anthem, the Internationale. Sounds like a pretty good description of Cuba or Venezuela today.
"What I do not understand: Why haven't the Venezuelans risen up in revolt?"
Are you serious Randall? A nation's president is the supreme commander of the armed forces. But hey, how many Americans rose up in revolt in 2009, after they were left in tent cities? How many of you have revolted after learning that in the U.S. corporate profits are private, but corporate loses are public? Did you revolt Randall, after knowing that you and your children will have to pay for the financial rescue for the elite?
What I don't understand: Why haven't the Americans -that is U.S. citizens- risen up in revolt? The bravest ones so far where the blacks during the Luther King days, and their rise was peaceful. We won't count the Civil War soldiers because, well, they were soldiers and therefore sworn.
Some people have no bread... like Venezuelans, others have no freedom... like Americans. The U.S. -because of its privatized prison sytem- is now the country with the second highest incarceration rate in the world for its citizens. First one is North Korea. Who knew the U.S. would be come so similar to North Korea regarding civil liberties... I haven't even started addressing the orwellian surveillance, police state and thought indoctrination in the U.S.
It's so easy to see the straw in somebody else's eye but not the log in our own.
All this reminds me of an old song:
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood (lol at this point)
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine every flaw, (lol at this point)
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
Sounds like a pretty good description of North Korea today; or Oceania.
Let morning shine on the silver and gold of this land... (North Korea Anthem's first line)
Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light... (U.S. Anthem's first line)
Amazing stuff isn't it?
Check it out - If you wish to move to North Korea and live there I would be happy to see you go. What's stopping you?
"Check it out - If you wish to move to North Korea and live there I would be happy to see you go. What's stopping you?"
Sorry Jim, but you either have a False Dichotomy or an Argumentum ad Hominem fallacy there. I do see some mistakes in the correlations made by "Check it out", specifically when it comes to both national anthems. Check it Out's fallacy is called "Cum hoc ergo propter hoc", but where's your argumentation?
I also see many things that have gone wrong in the country in regards to politics, just like you and pretty much everybody else who shares in Parapundit.
Are you also going to tell me to leave the country if I dissagree with you on something? I think the purpose of this site is to share your opinion on what you think is right and what you think is wrong and what you think is important. In regards to what people write on this site we should always ask ourselves "Is what he is saying true?"
Seth W. - Comparing the current situation in the US to the current situation in Venezuela or North Korea is ludicrous.
What the fuck are you talking about Jim? Why would you be happy to see me go? Why would anybody be "happy" to see anybody who's not an acquaintance leave the country? Are you stupid?
Nevertheless, if you must know, there are a lot of nice things that could be stopping me from going, for example, apple pie, Thanksgiving turkey, the nice weather, nice neighbors, my family and relatives, and definitely your mom who's coming over to my place tonight. She should be here at any moment now. Maybe I'll take her with me, but not to North Korea, so don't worry. I however, don't feel so hot about staying to live under all that fucken surveillance, school shootings, macho kicking ass, rednecks, Ritalin-filled kids, steroid-inflated kids, fake smiles, rabid nationalism, "have a nice day's", presidential candidates, neonazi white trash, black rappers, etc.
If you got your head out of your ass you could see I WAS NOT praising North Korea. I was saying that the U.S. is similar to North Korea in the percentage of citizens incarcerated and all that fucken surveillance. All I was saying is: Yes, many things in Venezuela suck, many things in North Korea really suck and there are also many things in the U.S. that suck big time; crap that we didn't have before.
If are so happy to see me go, that means you live from what other people do with their lives. You must be a really unhappy person in order to base your "happiness" on such idiotic, intangible, unknowable stuff. Are you so lacking in life fulfillment that you get your happiness from seing others go?
Oh wait, there's somebody at the door... bye now.
Check It Out - In Venezuela now people are eating their pets for food. Thieves caught in public are being burned alive with lighter fluid in broad daylight while the police do nothing. No society has ever been or ever will be a utopia but America has been about as close to a utopia that we are ever likely to see.
How long before the people in Venezuela are eating each other?
You probably got some exaggeration on Venezuela, Jim. Venezuela is messed up, but these days we're getting a lot of tabloid journalism that has made us believe a lot of B.S. about what the world is really like. Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Latin America in general are no much better. There are now far more violent killings in Mexico than in Venezuela, including thieves being lynched and burnt alive. Nothing we haven't heard of before.
As far as utopias go, there must be at least 10 countries before America to have come closer to that utopia.