From Venezuela to the US

By Mark Luedtke

Self-serving leftists point to Sweden and Norway as examples where socialism supposedly works while conveniently ignoring places like Cuba and Venezuela where it obviously doesn’t. This is a false argument. Socialism doesn’t work in Sweden or Norway. Sweden and Norway are fascist welfare states much like the modern U.S. They’re wealthy because of capital accumulation in the past when their economies were more free and because fascism allows the price and profit mechanisms, although warped, to work. Also like in the U.S., the more the government taxes, regulates, and centrally plans the economies of Sweden and Norway, the worse those economies become.

Venezuelans endure a purer form of socialism. Ludwig von Mises explained, “A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings.”

Venezuelans are experiencing the socialist disintegration of society right now. The Washington Post reports, “The fight for food has begun in Venezuela. On any day, in cities across this increasingly desperate nation, crowds form to sack supermarkets. Protesters take to the streets to decry the skyrocketing prices and dwindling supplies of basic goods. The wealthy improvise, some shopping online for food that arrives from Miami. Middle-class families make do with less: coffee without milk, sardines instead of beef, two daily meals instead of three. The poor are stripping mangoes off the trees and struggling to survive.

“‘This is savagery,’ said Pedro Zaraza [in the Post], a car-oil salesman who watched a mob mass on Friday outside a supermarket, where it was eventually dispersed by the army. ‘The authorities are losing their grip.’”

Socialism is barbarism, producing starvation and savagery for the masses, but that’s not the whole story. Income inequality is bad in fascist economies, but it’s worse in purer socialist economies like Venezuela. Historian Thomas DiLorenzo explains, “A defining characteristic of socialism in all its forms in all places and at all times is a relatively small political elite (and its ‘private sector’ cronies) that lives lavishly by plundering its population, destroying its economy, imposing a regime of equality of poverty and misery; and turning almost everyone into a dependent on the state for survival. Joseph Stalin was the wealthiest man in the world during his time, not the Rockefellers, Morgans, or anyone else, as the de facto “owner” of the entire Soviet Union. African and Latin American socialist political thugs in the “post-colonial era” have long been notorious for becoming millionaires or billionaires, with Swiss bank accounts galore, while their people starved and begged them for subsistence. Socialism’s 1 percenters make today’s Wall Street plutocrats seem impoverished by comparison.”

The Daily Mail highlights how socialist rulers behave: “‘Why shouldn’t we enjoy ourselves just because the country is burning?’ Super-rich Socialists quaff champagne in Venezuela country club while middle class mothers scavenge for scraps in the gutter… and even the DOGS are starving.”

“Venezuela’s super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country’s economy collapses,” The article continues.

“In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster, followed by a colourful selection of puddings.

Meanwhile, in the Petare slum a few miles away, home to 370,000 Venezuelans, ordinary middle-class people were rummaging in stinking piles of rubbish for rotten cabbage leaves, desiccated limes and scraps of fetid meat.”

We can’t afford to ignore the consequences of socialism in Venezuela because leftists are advancing socialism in America today, and mainstream economists funded by our tax dollars back them. Tho Bishop notes, “While it is not surprising to see [socialist] policies supported by Marxist politicians, what is deeply troubling is the amount of support the Venezuelan model has received from prominent economists over the years. During a visit in 2007, Joseph Stiglitz, who received the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics, praised what he called ‘positive policies’ of the Chavez administration.”

The New York Times calls Stiglitz an “influential advisor to Hillary Clinton.”

Socialism can never work anywhere.

The views and opinions expressed in Conspiracy Theorist are the views and/or opinions of the author and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of the Dayton City Paper or Dayton City Media and are published strictly for entertainment purposes.

Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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