Skip to comments.Venezuela: the Left's favourite 'socialist paradise' is sliding into poverty and dictatorship
Posted on 02/22/2014 11:35:37 AM PST by neverdem
How are things coming along in Venezuela, that paradise of democratic socialism? You must remember Venezuela. That's the country that Diane Abbott said was showing "a better way", which Owen Jones told us had proven that "you can lead a progressive, popular government that says no to neo-liberalism"? The apple in the eye of Marx, the last hope for humanity in a world of fat cat banksters and austerity Scrooges. The Copacobana of the international revolution. Viva!
How is Venezuela doing? Well, tens of thousands of protesters are in the streets, the army's been sent to crush revolt, an opposition leader has been arrested and supporters of the government just shot dead a former beauty queen. It's going to hell in a handcart, that's how it's doing.
After Hugo Chavez died he was replaced by Nicolas Maduro, a man of considerably less talent who bears a striking resemblance to an obese Burt Reynolds. A Venezuelan friend explains that Chavez's titanic personality held his revolution together, reconciling its various contradictions with his charismatic nationalism. By contrast, "Maduro has let the worst people take over" surrendering authority to radical mobs and corrupt officials in a bid to keep them all on side. The result? Bad economic management, inflation at 56 per cent, rising unemployment, food shortages, shocking levels of crime and an increasing reliance on government control of the press.
The Left always insisted under Chavez that some meddling in the media was necessary because it was otherwise controlled by dark, foreign forces (read: people who disagreed with Chavez). But Maduro is now threatening to expel CNN, which is about the fairest and most balanced news source on the planet. CNN's crime was to report on the recent protests that have engulfed the capital. And good for CNN. Coverage on what's...
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That ship sailed a long time ago.
Taking a nation with massive oil deposit and amazing farms to:
People starving in the dark...
Sailed, hit the iceberg of corruption and sank in the sea of stupidity, you know the same course that captain ahabobama is steering America.
Yeah, I stopped reading right there.
I thought Cuba was the left’s darling. Or was that El Salvador? Or Vietnam? Or North Korea? Or East Germany? Or the USSR? I get my worker’s paradises mixed up.
Coming soon to a banana republic near you.
CNN fair and balanced? HUH?
Churchill was being too kind about socialism, the ruling classes tend to do very well for themselves financially...
CNN, the fairest, most balanced, ...if you have a left nut for a brain. Things must be bad when CNN can’t find a way to cheer lead for radical left thugs. The toilet paper rebellion has grown into rioting on the streets and wholesale crime, and people still can’t get a decent piece of paper to wipe with.
Yeah, I stopped reading right there.
I didn't think you were one of those folks who find a single error and stop reading. How much have you seen of reporting on Venezuela?
Don’t forget North Korea
Venezuela blogs show that this has gotten very ugly
Venezuela News & Views not the Caracas Chronicles
You are right. My mistake. You did mention North Korea
I read right past it.
Thanks for the pics!
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