The Glory of Socialism
An analysis By MR. Z
The Russian President Medvedev paid a cordial visit to
And what do the leftist elites of the
We Germans have actually been surrounded by socialism/communism. We don’t even have to look at
The above paragraphs were a necessary digression from this post’s subject, prompting the reader to recognize the possible parallels of the situation in
Fast forward to today. A brief status report of the current situation, generated on the basis of various articles and personal reports, is shown here to the best of my ability:
The summary looks as follows: Journalists are harassed, militias are educated to class hatred and force against the opposition, food has become scarce, criminality has risen dramatically, and the electricity breaks down frequently. And these are just some of the directly visible highlights.
Because of price control and central planning processes, it is not profitable anymore for many farmers to sell their basic food legally, with the result that food has become scarce. The farmers either don’t produce anymore or deliver their products over the green border to
That is to say: Foreign currencies cannot be bought or sold in banks. Obtaining them to pay for goods requires a long application process through a state agency called Cadavi, and importers lament that it takes up to six months – a time span impossible to work with for normal goods.
So, if one knows a black market trader, one might get the benefits of elementary food, but at three times the normal price. If a container of milk or beef from Argentina comes, the first served are the Chavez cronies and the rest goes to the markets in the poor quarters, so called popular markets, where large queues develop at 4 am. But this is only symptomatic of all the other supply shortcomings, including such things as household goods, coffee or even pharmaceuticals.
When, after the nationalization of the foreign owned CANTV for those people who had previously watched this American owned station, the telephone didn’t work for several weeks, they never found out what the reason was. Nor did anybody ever understand the electricity blackouts which are becoming more and more frequent. And since we mention CANTV, Chavez has nationalized many other companies and banks, not only robbing foreign owners of their investment, but providing a strong disincentive to obtaining foreign capital.
And then there’s criminality. In the poor areas of
The result of all this is that the middle class is leaving the country in droves (an estimated 2 million over the last couple of years), and those who are still there are seriously considering the same.
What has happed since the good old days in
Now, how is the foregoing relevant to the situation in the
1. Redistribution: This is an element of class warfare, “taking it from the rich and giving it to the poor”. What that really does is take any incentive away to be successful, and is based on the communist theory that “everybody is equal” and, therefore, deserves equal money. As the example
2. State controlled planning: While the probability is low that the
3. Indoctrination in education: One of the major principles of communist and dictatorial political structures is that the state takes care of the children from early age on – the result is complete indoctrination by the political agenda. This is a very dangerous process, the result of which can easily be observed from the remnants of the GDR. But that is one of the specialties of the people surrounding the new
4. Suppression of opposing opinions: One of the most effective means of ruling in a socialist/communist and dictatorial country is the effective suppression of everybody who has an opposing opinion. This can be recognized everywhere, be it the GDR,
5. Militia: The build-up of a popular army to support the political leader is a very treacherous path. It has been the instrument of power for a long time, whether it be Lenin and Stalin, Hitler, the GDR or Chavez. This, together with a group spying on citizens, such as the Stasi, is a very troubling instrument of power. What’s this CORP the idea of which Obama’s so enthralled with?
6. Megalomania: Yes, this is a common thread, too. The need to demonstrate to the world the power they have, these dictators appear to have the need to show it off. Big military parades and showy events with Greek columns as Hitler or Kim Jong-Il have put to use to show their godliness have an eerie resemblance to some of the appearances of BHO and to the planned inauguration event for which apparently 3 to 4 million people are expected.
The bottom line is: The Venezuelan people’s nightmare scenario has happened in front of our doorstep. The socialist objectives of the incoming
Do I love this country and have more faith in her and her people? Absolutely.
My point is this; Can we ignore cautionary tales? Should we learn from them? I think so.