2016 May 28 Saturday
In Venezuela Suburb Brownish Colored Water Comes Once Per Week
Venezuela keeps getting worse. The Venezuelan people should rise up and overthrow the socialists. Venezuela is shutting down. The government stores that sell well below market prices create incentives that make the situation much worse. People are quitting productive jobs to work as black market traders. The government has damaged the economy in numerous ways and is run by paranoid Marxists who think the CIA is to blame, not their own destructive policies.
The opposition won a majority of the national legislature. But the government put people on their supreme court who vote to strike down laws passed by the legislature.
How would you like to live in a country where you get water one day a week? Where the government shuts down 2 days a week to save electricity? Where schools shut down part of the time to save electricity? This is crazy. But the Venezuelan people are still too foolish and have still not risen up to overthrow their government.
Socialism is failing in Venezuela. A socialist, Bernie Sanders, is running for president of the United States.. Bernie Sanders does not want to discuss the failure of socialism in Venezuela.
By Randall Parker at 2016 May 28 08:38 AM
The only "socialist" countries that Bernie Sanders admires are Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Yes, he actually mentioned these countries by name in an interview with Vox. He did not mention Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Venezuela etc. So can Bernie Sanders and his supporters name a non-Nordic country that they admire? Of course, what is being admired is not socialism per se but Scandinavian culture, but they can't bring themselves to admit that.
The current situation is the culmination of a nearly two decade long process, a process that the majority of Venezuelans abetted every step of the way. This socialist regime was not imposed by force, it was democratically chosen. Venezuelans chose Chave/Maduro, they chose to grant them nearly dictatorial power. They chose this stupidity, now they must be made to endure the consequences. It is good that the world sees what happens when democratic socialism is attempted in a low-trust, middling IQ society. What works for Denmark or Norway most assuredly will not work for South America, or the United States for that matter. For the general well-being of the majority, most Latin nations need to be run with an iron fist. Brazil was much more civilized, prosperous, secure, patriotic and graft free under the military dictatorship of 64-84 than it has been under the workers party and inept "moderates" of the past 20 years. Things will come to a head soon in Venezuela. They must, the country is literally falling apart. The majority will now welcome a military junta, but a junta will not bring much relief. Venezuela has coasted for 60 years on oil revenue, revenue that will likely never again reach the per capita level that prevailed from the 70s to the 2010s. Venezuela is actually a very poor country. They can't do anything. They can't produce enough food, they can't make simple manufactures like toilet paper. Discipline, savings, forbearance, patience, this is what Venezuela needs. They need this at a heightened level for at least 50 years and then these qualities must be instituted to a certain extent in the basic societal framework on a permanent basis. Do Venezuelans have what it takes to do this? I don't think so.
"Socialism" in the classic sense means government production of goods. In this classic sense the Scandinavian countries are not socialistic. Production is carried out by privately owned companies. Nowadays though the term "socialism" is probably used by most people to mean a social-welfare state. in this sense of "socialism" the US has been a socialistic country for more than half a century.
And socialism didn't work and don't work well in Denmark, Sweden or Norway or Finland.
They had just the ability to burn thru a lot more wealth before the people started to clamoring for market reforms.
And their economies are a lot less socialistic than in the US in many areas.