Another socialist despot is forcing the people to remove him. This time in Venezuela

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.

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2016 the year Latin America rejected the neo-socialists

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.

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Another Socialist Hellhole: Armed Gangs Are Taking Over Hospitals in Venezuela

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,

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro jokes about hunger in his country, it’s ‘the Maduro diet.” Venezuela doesn’t laugh (VIDEO)

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.”

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Latin America’s (Socialist) Pink Tide Crashes on the Rocks

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.

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Venezuela’s Latest Response to Food Shortages: Ban Lines Outside Bakeries

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.

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Venezuela’s tragedy fed by cronyism and the death of free markets

As we have said many times, socialism and crony capitalism are sisters and good friends. Centralization is a key part of socialism and absolutely necessary for crony capitalism. The political class lives well, and the rest, well, they are the rest – particularly in Latin America.

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Venezuela is stuck in a doom loop that’s become a death spiral

Deny the marketplace free prices and shortages and general economic dysfunction are the inevitable result. Deny prices completely and sooner or later one will have complete collapse.

This can be offset for a time with terror, as we saw and see in the Soviet Union, North Korea, and in Cuba. But the end is the same. The questions now in Venezuela are how far is Maduro willing to go and how far CAN he go?

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Crony capitalism and socialism are sisters: A great example of oil cronyism in Venezuela (VIDEO)

As we say occasionally “crony capitalism” is a polite way of saying “fascism” or “fascism-lite.” Fascism is when corporations and the state partner up with each other for control. But it is always the state which is in charge. Mussolini didn’t bow to the owners of Alpha Romeo nor Hitler to the chiefs at Porsche.

And despite what some people unfortunately still believe fascism is indeed a form of socialism, the Nazis were of course the National Socialist Party.

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