Obama and Chavez doing the “soul brother” handshake.
Many socialists honestly believe that massive state control is the best way forward. They want to believe that humans can engineer heaven on earth. They fear the market and love the totalitarian hand of the state. Why? Social justice we are told.
This ignorance and general adherence to the religion of big government has brought untold misery to those unlucky enough to have lived under socialism over the past century.
This ought to solve the problem.
Thing is socialism always implodes eventually and in proportion to the amount that it is embraced. But if Bitcoin can help it along that’s a good thing.
It should also be noted, because it has been a while since we have, that crony capitalism, “fascism (generally) lite,” is a form of socialism.
The whole place is economically dysfunctional. This is what happens when prices are restricted by the government and the totalitarians refuse to let in the light of the market. It’s really that simple fundamentally.
It should be noted also that the Indian government pulled a similar thing a couple of weeks ago and also threw its economy into a spin.
The War on Cash is on.
When the army is distributing medical supplies in a country it’s pretty safe to say that things are not going well. Venezuela is a tragedy.
Hyperinflation, it happens.
Socialism is truly a wonderful thing. So fair.
Socialism fails sooner or later. The key factor is the degree an economy is infected with socialism. A moderate amount of socialism (that is anti-price government intervention) means a moderate collapse eventually. Total socialism means total collapse of the economy eventually.
There are 2 very important variables in this simple equation however (there are of course more than 2, but these are the biggies) and that is how much fear a regime can induce in the population, and how far a regime is willing to go to stay in power.
Better days for the socialistas.
It’s been a weird political year south of the US border. The Peronists in Argentina lost. Dilma was kicked out of the Brazilian presidency. Venezuela plunged totally into economic chaos induced by the current Chavista government. And now the rejection of the FARC deal in Columbia. Things have not gone well for the lefties, and it doesn’t look like they will be seeing much relief anytime soon.
The Pink Tide has ebbed and continues to ebb.
Funny, the statists always warn that without big intrusive government societies go haywire. But we have seen over and over and over that this is simply not true. In fact where government has a light hand and the rule of law upheld the typical result is prosperity.
However what we also see over and over and over is that countries that embrace big government have a tendency over time to turn into hellholes. The Soviet Union,
It should be remembered that Venezuela, especially in Caracas had a pretty viable middle class prior to the socialists decimating it.
He’s still thick around the middle.
I heave heard that Maduro has a political tin ear, a real problem for a socialist/populist head of state. This is a pretty good example of such a malady.
He should have just told the people to “eat cake.”
High tide in 2008.
Times change, and socialism always eventually fails. It just did particularly quickly in South America.
And thank God for that.
Unfortunately however in the crashing and chaos people are hurt. As the state apparatus grinds to a halt in Venezuela and spits and coughs in other parts of South America life has gotten harder for many as the statists cling to power. Government is a helleva drug and it is very very hard to quit.
Guess who doesn’t like Venezuela’s socialist (and deeply crony) government?
If there is one thing that is ubiquitous in socialist countries it is lines. Lines for food. Lines for health care. Lines for transportation. Lots of lines. But the Maduro government in Venezuela, embarrassed by all the photos and videos of people queuing up to fill their stomachs has figured out a solution.
Just ban lines.