The Failure Of Socialism Is On Display In Venezuela

Sometimes in socialist paradises the proletariat need a reminder of how good they have it. Government jack booted thugs are sent in to ensure utopian bliss. From Stalin to Mao, Chavez to Maduro, enforcers are key. Venezuelans are getting to know theirs.

For several months,  Venezuelan grocery store lines have stretched for blocks. Venezuelans desperate for basic items like detergent, toilet paper, meat, and diapers fill the lines. Shortages in the socialist paradise are getting worse by the day.

Interior Minister Carmen Melendez, concerned about the safety of the shoppers of course (wink, wink), deployed the military to the grocery stores.

Melendez took to state television to convince Venezuelans that the grocery stores are full… Don’t mind the armed government troops. Melendez said…

“Don’t fall into desperation — we have the capacity and products for everyone, with calmness and patience. The stores are full.”

Jean Paul Mate, a meat vendor spent 15 days searching for diapers. Mate said…

“You have to take off work to look for products. I go to at least five stores a day.”

42-year-old data analyst Greisly Jarpe gives this grim account…

“This is the worst it has ever been — I’ve seen lines thousands of people long. People are so desperate they’re sleeping in the lines.”

The Venezuelan leaders are socialist, and like all socialist, they think that they have all of the economic answers. President Maduro vowed to launch a “counter-offensive” to correct the countries problems. I have a sneaking suspicion that removing the countries price controls isn’t part of the “counter-offensive.”

Price controls lead to shortages. It’s an economic law that’s not likely to be reversed any time soon. Venezuelans are learning about this law the hard way.

It’s times like this when the wise overlords in charge worry about coups. Perhaps that’s why the government subsidizes lavish military bases stocked with the very supplies that the common people need, no waiting necessary. That could also be why in a country that imports roughly 8 cars a month, the Venezuelan government sanctioned the purchase 20,000 new cars for the military. It’s time to buy some loyalty at the expense of the poor.

It’s been 15 years since the start of Chavez’s socialist revolution. Since then— Inflation has more than doubled, companies and investors have deserted the country, shortages of food and supplies are the norm.

People who are arrogant enough to try to plan an economy, generally don’t look in the mirror while trying to solve problems within their planned economy. I’m afraid that this is going to end badly for the common people in Venezuela. The military brass and bureaucrats will be just fine though.

Bloomberg story

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Five Books To Read In 2015

Here are five books that are a home run for the liberty lover. (These are in no particular order.)

Feardom: How Politicians Exploit Your Emotions and What You Can Do to Stop Them… By Connor Boyack

Real Dissent: A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion… By Thomas E. Woods Jr

Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty… By Judge Andrew Napolitano

Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto… By Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

Democracy–The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order… By Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Happy Reading! Happy New Year!





The Liberal “White Privilege” Message Is Working

A sane person would condemn armed robbery for what it is— a felony. At liberal universities inundated with “white privilege“, reason and sanity doesn’t apply. Exhibit A: Georgetown University student Oliver Friedfeld.

Recently, Oliver Friedfeld and his roommate were robbed at gunpoint. The thugs forced them to the floor, patted them down, and proceeded to steal their phones. In some strange circles, this would be called a crime. In those same circles, the victim would place the blame where it belongs, on the criminals.

Shortly after the crime, Friedfeld penned an oped for The Hoya. In the piece, Friedfeld rationalized the crime by saying that he doesn’t blame the muggers. When asked if he thought the muggers were “bad people”, Friedfeld said….

“Not at all.” It was so clear to me that we live in the most privileged neighborhood within a city [Washington, D.C.] that has historically been, and continues to be, harshly unequal”.

More nonsense from the oped….

“Who am I to stand from my perch of privilege, surrounded by million-dollar homes and paying for a $60,000 education, to condemn these young men as thugs? It’s precisely this kind of “otherization” that fuels the problem.”

He ended the oped by saying that people should acclimate themselves to crime. 

“As young people, we need to devote real energy to solving what are collective challenges. Until we do so, we should get comfortable with sporadic muggings and break-ins. I can hardly blame them. The cards are all in our hands, and we’re not playing them.”

It’s stunning that a $60,000 education churns out this brand of backward thinking.

Feel free to explore “collective challenges” as a solution to armed robbery. I may have an easier solution. It’s in the Bill of Rights— right between freedom of speech(I) and quartering soldiers(III).

Story here via campus reform 

** I’d love to link to the oped written by Friedfeld, but it has since been removed.**

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Food Rationing In Socialist Paradise Venezuela

Just over a year removed from near riots in Venezuela over toilet paper shortages; the Venezuelan government rolls out finger scanners at the grocery stores. Venezuelan President Maduro says that the finger scanners are being implemented to combat food shortages.

Shortages of basic supplies like cooking oil, butter, toothpaste, detergent, flour, toilet paper, milk, rice, and coffee are commonplace in Venezuela. Why? These items are under strict price controls by the Venezuelan government. Economic laws are the same as scientific laws; they’re set in stone. What goes up, must come down— Price controls result in shortages.

Wall Street Journal reports…..

Under the system in place here, basic price-controlled items—including milk, rice, coffee, toothpaste, chicken and detergent—are rationed, with the fingerprinting machine used to ensure that a shopper doesn’t return over and over to stock up. It means that consumers are limited to buying up to 2.2 pounds of powdered milk—called “gold” here for its rarity—a week”…Shoppers said the time waiting in line can stretch to more than five hours, a delay they chalk up to malfunctioning fingerprinting machines.

Do you think the central planners abide by the same standards? How about President Maduro? Do you think he suffers the shortages just like the Venezuelan people? I think it’s safe to assume that he has all the milk and toilet paper that he needs.

If you read enough into this, you’ll hear every explanation given— except the right one. Everything from a CIA concocted plot to destabilize the country, to hoarders stockpiling goods. Deep down inside, Maduro knows what the problem is. In his announcement he floated the possibility of easing some of the country’s price controls, though he did not give the specifics. Don’t hold your breath. That would be admitting failure, and socialist don’t like to do that.

These days, it’s trendy to hate the free market. One of the things that the free market excels at is getting products to consumers quickly and efficiently…. Now please excuse me while I run to the store for some milk and toilet paper.

Story Here..

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Government And Its Hacks Tell You That There’s Little To No Inflation


1: To make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.

2. To create a false or misleading impression.

Paul Krugman on inflation….

“And, at this point, inflation — at barely above 1 percent by the Fed’s favored measure — is dangerously low.”

Here’s a chart showing the “dangerously low” inflation since 2000

Guess Who Made The Top 5 List Of Polluters?

Those of us humble enough to admit that we’re not scientist, usually admit to not knowing what effect, if any, the human race has on the environment. Some, like government bureaucrats, and self aggrandized corporatist billionaires, like to lecture us. It’s interesting to note that the US government and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway both register in the top 5 of greenhouse gas emitters.

While the statistics are from 2013, it’s probably safe to assume that they haven’t changed much.

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