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Sunday, September 3, 2017
How’s Socialism Doing In Venezuela?
By Debbie D’Souza for Prager University,
was a South American country with a promising future. It had a functioning
democracy, a rapidly developing economy and a growing middle class. All the
important indicators, including education, health care and foreign investment,
were pointed in the right direction.
It was far
from perfect, but the mood was hopeful – and with good reason.
But now all
that promise is gone. The country is a failed state, a hollowed-out shell of
its former self.
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like power and water are sporadic. The most basic consumer goods--from bread to
toilet paper--are in chronically short supply. Crime has skyrocketed. Freedom
of the press is almost non-existent. Democracy has been replaced by a virtual
is, I’m sorry to say, my beloved Venezuela, a place in which my family has deep
I can tell
you what happened to it in one word: socialism.
then-candidate for President, Hugo Chavez, promised to lead the people of
Venezuela to a socialist paradise. His theme was “Esperanza y Cambio” – “Hope
and Change.” “Venezuela is a nation of great wealth,” Chavez said, “but it’s
being stolen from its citizens by the evil capitalists and the evil
corporations.” This wrong would be righted, he assured the voters, if they
elected him. And they did, to their everlasting regret.
inspiration from his mentor, Fidel Castro. Like his mentor, he enjoyed giving
speeches – some which lasted as many as seven
hours! He even gave himself his own weekly television show where he would
spontaneously break into song.
rule to follow: When your nation’s leader starts singing on national
television, you’re in trouble.
the government of Venezuela took over industry after industry. The government,
he assured everyone, would run these businesses better than private enterprise
and the profits would be “shared” by the people. With great fanfare, he tore up
contracts with multinational oil and gas companies and demanded that they pay
much higher royalties. When they refused, he told them to leave. They did.
was burnished by Hollywood celebrities who flocked to see the great work he was
doing – taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor. Progressive
politicians from the US and Europe also praised him lavishly.
another rule: When Hollywood celebrities visit your country to praise your
leader, you’re in trouble. When the leader sings on national television and is praised by Hollywood celebrities,
always works in the beginning, so people are fooled...in the beginning. It’s
easy for governments to confiscate money, but eventually there’s no more money
to confiscate. In the case of Venezuela, I mean that literally: People who
could get money out of the country, did. Many left the country altogether –
nearly 2 million, according to Venezuelan sociologist Tomás Páez. The wealth
creators continued to create wealth, but they created it somewhere else – Miami
or Madrid and other places around the world.
Shopping is EASY in Venezuela!
first ran for President in 1999, he said he would leave in two years if people
weren’t happy with him. But, like Castro, Chavez never had any intention of
giving up power. He died in office in 2013, replaced by his vice president,
Nicolas Maduro. Maduro is Chavez without the charisma or the voice.
is now a pariah, shunned by the world and isolated. It’s so bad that many
international airlines refuse to fly there. People stand in lines for hours
just to get food. Sometimes they walk away empty-handed. A recent survey found
that 75 percent of Venezuelan adults lost weight in 2016 – an average of 19
pounds. This national weight-loss program is known cynically as “the Maduro
Maduro holds onto power. Opposition leaders and journalists who report the
truth are jailed.
is a cautionary tale. Once a country goes down a socialist path, there’s no
easy way back. And the longer a country stays socialist, the harder it is to
reform it. Venezuela has been socialist for two decades.
don’t think it can happen here, whether “here” is the United States or Europe
or anywhere else, you’re fooling yourself. When people get used to depending on
the government – no matter how poor they remain – that dependency is hard to
you should never buy the socialist lie. Socialism is a drug. And like a drug,
it feels great – at first. But eventually it will ruin your country. Just like
it ruined Venezuela.
helps millions of Americans understand the fundamental values that shaped
America and provides the resources to articulate them. See the video “How’s Socialism Doing In Venezuela?” at PragerU.com.Published with permission.
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