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Bookworm Beat 5/5/19 — Venezuela is socialism illustrated edition

In Venezuela, maybe today being Cinco de Mayo will magically strengthen citizens in their fight against tyranny. Meanwhile, in the U.S. we’ll keep our guns.





Venezuela socialism guns

























(Unless, of course, you’re the French president. To me, it looks very, very French.)





















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A power outage in Venezuela and Leftist denial

The collapse in Venezuela, rather than bringing enlightenment to America’s Leftists, instead sees them double-down on their delusions about socialism.

This post is what Instapundit refers to as a “shot” and “chaser” scenario. Here’s the shot (hyperlinks omitted):

In Venezuela, there’s a new front — the equivalent of an EMP attack, an attack on all the people, based on the massive and unprecedented electrical blackout still covering the country.

The Washington Post’s thorough report on the matter is horrifying.

CARACAS, Venezuela — One of the severest power outages in Venezuelan history ravaged the country for a second day Friday, with hospital patients languishing in the dark, most supermarkets closed and phone service largely knocked out in the oil-rich but economically collapsing country.

Venezuela, which has been roiled by a political struggle between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó, has been hit by outages before. But the blackout that began Thursday evening is the longest and most widespread in recent memory, a sign of the rapid deterioration of the economy, which is expected to contract sharply in the next few weeks as U.S. sanctions on the oil industry begin to bite. Some analysts even worry that the country — once among the richest in South America — could face famine.

The chaser is a poster I saw this morning when scanning through my real-me Facebook (on which I no longer post). Because I spent most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area, my real-me Facebook has a substantial cohort of Leftists:

Venezuela Socialism

“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” To the Left, not only does Venezuela’s complete and horrifying collapse have nothing to do with socialism, somehow what’s really wrong is Trump.

Lord Acton famously said that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Please note Acton’s careful phrasing: while some power might corrupt (“tends”), absolute power does corrupt absolutely.

What’s continuously impressive, in a bad and depressing way, is that Leftists do not see that, by concentrating all power in government, they are begging for absolute corruption. Nor can they understand that Trump — no matter his sometimes crude rhetoric — by divesting the government of power is the antithesis of corruption and dictatorship.

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Ain’t Communism great?

A great failure, as history shows, and as Venezuela is finding out

Here is what happens to them when Big Government does take care of everyone, suffocating the private sector:

The economic crisis in Venezuela is now so bad that doctors are using cardboard boxes instead of incubators to keep newborn babies.

The upside is that this streamlines burials, since the infant mortality rate has gotten 100 times worse over the past 4 years at Venezuelan public hospitals, and Venezuelans have been reduced to burying their dead incardboard boxes.

Incubators aren’t the only thing in short supply:

According to the Pharmaceutical Federation, the shortage of medicines is more than 80 percent and around 13,000 doctors, more than 20 percent of the medical staff in the country, have emigrated in the last four years because of the crisis in their sector and because of low salaries.

Yet, the Left continues to advocate for Marxism………

Venezuela: Vatican to mediate talks

El País reports that

The Vatican confirmed in a letter sent in August it was prepared to help facilitate dialogue between Venezuela’s ruling party and forces opposed to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro.

While the opposition says that

“We are prepared to talk with anyone as long as the time frames for a referendum on a change of president in Venezuela are respected,”

the fact remains that any “talks” will favor the regime, since it buys it time.

Once the Vatican-approved “talks” (much like the Cuba-U.S. easement, and the FARC-Colombian government negotiations) start, the opposition would be pretty much coerced into continuing “talking”, regardless of the referendum time frame.

The problem is, the country is in a crisis such that only further oppression will continue the regime. For instance,

Read the rest here.

Venezuela: Will China pull the plug on Maduro?

Long-term readersof my blog are familiar with the many times China has loaned money to Venezuela. Back in 2012, I posted that El Nuevo Herald reported

Venezuela’s increasingly dependent on China’s financing and direct investments to the tune of US$80 billion. In exchange, China is playing a greater part on Venezuela’s strategic decision making regarding especially the oil-producing Orinoco area.

Clearly by now Venezuela (which by now can’t even pay its oil drillers) won’t pay the billions of dollars back:

China Rethinks Its Alliance With Reeling Venezuela. Concerns about debt repayment and safety of expatriates prompt emergency meetings between Chinese envoy and state companies

These days, confronted with a pile of unpaid bills and increasing security headaches for its citizens and companies in Venezuela, China appears to be recalculating its alliance with the nation where it has made about $60 billion in loans.

As a result, Venezuela may not get meaningful freshloans or investment from China, raising the possibility of deeper cutbacks and shortages in the oil-rich nation or a default on more than $110 billion in government and state-oil-company bonds.

There are also security concerns, as more Chinese Venezuelans and expats are being kidnapped and extorted by local gangs (likely including the government-armed colectivos).

It’s not clear how many expats are living in Venezuela at the moment. Eight years ago, Daniel Duquenal reported on the large number of Chinese traveling on his flight from Paris who were rushed through customs upon arrival in Caracas.

21st Century Socialist Bolivarian Revolutions need money, and China is aware that the Venezuela regime can not survive without it – now the Chinese may be agreeable to negotiating with the opposition for a possible regime change.

Read the rest here

Remember this when a Communist/Collectivist/Progressive/Leftist tells you they want to empower people

Collectivists loathe Individualism, and individual liberties, in fact, individuals are, to them, no more meaningful that refuseno more meaningful that refuse

Not even the dead can escape the consequences of letting socialism get out of control in Venezuela:

As the South American nation grapples with soaring inflation, rising murder rates and shortages of basic supplies and medicine, there is one more thing that Venezuelans are having problems getting their hands one: coffins.

The situation has become so dire that many cash-strapped Venezuelans have resorted to burying their deceased loved ones in cardboard boxes. Coffins made of more durable materials can, however, be rented for a few hours to use during the funeral.

Apparently some can’t even afford the cardboard or rental coffins:

The coffin crisis has become so acute that many families have been forced to bring their loved ones to crematoriums in bags.

“I felt so depressed. I didn’t have all the money the funeral parlor was asking for,” Miriam Navarro, who had to borrow money from neighbors to bury her brother, told AFP. “If it hadn’t been for people in my community, I would have had to bury him in the yard.”

Equality? Yep, equality of depravity, suffering, starvation, poverty, and enslavement to the State!

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