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Failures of socialism on tragic display in Venezuela. How can people be so blind?
AND Magazine ^ | 3/15/2014 | David Focil

Posted on 03/18/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT by d_focil

It takes a certain kind of fool to fall for the economic death trap that is socialism after a 20th century filled with death, oppression, stagnation and eventual collapse at the hands of those who fought for Marx's flawed vision of human history and progress. Such a fool, while probably motivated by the noble ends of eradicating poverty and inequality, ultimately lacks the courage to see the world as it is and fight within the confines of reality to better it.

Rejecting a sober and honest appraisal of what works and what does not work given human history, he seeks to force the world to make sense, fighting blindly against the "contradictions of capitalism" by pushing for greater and greater control over the decisions of individuals in the often chaotic storm of transactions we call the market. At each turn he faces the harsh blowback of how people really respond to economic control.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chavez; socialism; socialismfailure; venezuela
Most of us here know socialism is a failure, but maybe the arguments presented in the article can shed light of the how and why in relation to other countries. I think that can help with arguments here at home for those who can't see the reality.
1 posted on 03/18/2014 7:53:08 PM PDT by d_focil
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To: d_focil

People will learn nothing from this


2 posted on 03/18/2014 7:59:03 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: d_focil

Karl Marx was a not a kind visionary who wanted a better world for everyone. He was an angry man with an agenda. Every attempt at communism / socialism since has at one point or another empowered such people - with dire consequences.


3 posted on 03/18/2014 8:00:24 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Every socialist thinks they can make it work, just like those that believe in communism.


4 posted on 03/18/2014 8:01:35 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

All socialists and communists are life losers. They are so desperate to not admit their worthlessness that they will murder others’ dreams, others and societies. They are sick puppies.


5 posted on 03/18/2014 8:36:47 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: d_focil

Too blind to see, and they shall so remain.


6 posted on 03/18/2014 8:36:55 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: d_focil

What about Venezuela’s close partner and coach, Russia?


7 posted on 03/18/2014 8:42:57 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: d_focil

In today’s America, where a HUGE percentage of the population gets their primary news from The Daily Show, and a celebrities twitter feed, if the networks choose not to cover it because a Democrat might look bad, it simply goes into the memory hole.


8 posted on 03/18/2014 8:47:38 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: d_focil

“...How can people be so blind?”

Easy. It’s called laziness, avarice, greed, envy, etc. All of the failings that make us who we are.


9 posted on 03/18/2014 9:04:43 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: d_focil

There’s a lot of stupid people out there.


10 posted on 03/18/2014 9:35:53 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: d_focil
How can people be so blind?

The sad truth is that with reality staring in the face, libtards are just too damn stupid to recognize it.

11 posted on 03/18/2014 9:56:59 PM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: ogen hal

**All socialists and communists are life losers.***

Should we not add the label “Progressives” to this list?


12 posted on 03/18/2014 10:48:50 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: PGR88

International and National leaders know that, which is why they feed the media what they do for public consumption.

What they don’t expect is when citizens begin to look at all these agency fronts their “worker ants” congregate in and work out of to do all the back door deals we never see until .....they pass a bill, (”so we can learn what’s in it.”) or establish their own ‘Empire” such as the EU Project etc.

Unfortunately media control, and “fixers” make sure the public gets the story they want the public to have...and it will alwys appeal to the masses.


13 posted on 03/18/2014 11:13:45 PM PDT by caww
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To: Amagi

When it hits a liberal in the face and that person starts crying, I laugh at them.


14 posted on 03/18/2014 11:34:29 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

A little reason at teachable moments like this might get some of them on the conservative page better than laughing at them would.


15 posted on 03/18/2014 11:36:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Never happen. They simply cannot learn.


16 posted on 03/18/2014 11:44:52 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

Oh yes they can, but the answer is in the gospel.

We’re sinners needing salvation.


17 posted on 03/18/2014 11:45:51 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: GeronL

In order to explain the question “How can people be so blind” We don’t have to go as far as Venezuela, all we have to do is look around in our own backyard and perhaps we find the explanation why we have so many ignorant people who embrace socialism and elect some of the dumbest, conniving, power and money hungry scoundrels calling themselves liberals, money can buy.

Socialism never has or ever will work, yet way too many people embrace it as a panacea or solution for whatever may ail a society. Invariably it results in failure, yet people refuse to learn from history. Our current stagnant economy which is not going anywhere fast is a good example.

Just look at the currently perpetrated healthcare scheme forced upon the public, which has absolutely nothing to do with any one in our government having genuine compassion for the general public, but has everything to do with more and more governmental control and keeping the party originating this scheme in perpetual control.

Will the public ever learn, I have my grave doubts.


18 posted on 03/18/2014 11:55:24 PM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: saintgermaine

But they “feel good” because they see those rich people get theirs’.


19 posted on 03/19/2014 12:04:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: VerySadAmerican
When it hits a liberal in the face and that person starts crying, I laugh at them.

I lick their tears, they are so yummy and sweet.

20 posted on 03/19/2014 12:05:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: d_focil
Bump!

Hugo Chavez - Venezuela

21 posted on 03/19/2014 2:44:36 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: d_focil

It won’t be learned, because socialism is like the tricks of a con-man, with a significant exception: as opposed to a con-man plying his trade, socialists actually believe their own con. (Usually, but not always)

The continued scourge of socialism only works for two reasons: The arrogance of the socialist con-men who believe that “It hasn’t ever been done right before” and the sad fact that: the world will never run out of rubes.


22 posted on 03/19/2014 3:19:43 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: d_focil

Meaningful Freedom is for the competent doers who want to do things without govt intervention. When society loses the indepent minded doers there is not much hope


23 posted on 03/19/2014 3:25:10 AM PDT by BRL
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To: saintgermaine

I agree


24 posted on 03/19/2014 3:34:44 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: d_focil

Chavez told the poor people that he would take the Rich’s MONEY and GIVE it to THEM!!! Sound FAMILIAR??? This is coming to America.


25 posted on 03/19/2014 4:22:24 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: d_focil

It is really easy to understand why if you look at these issues. Take for example Rush, and Sean, they have to always invent clever new words to describe socialists/socialism. Rush’s new phrase is “low information voter”, should read socialist, but he is so full of himself and is helping the GOP mislead voters with his clever but stupid terms.

As for Sean I am glad he lost his station in DC, he is still on here but I now can listen to Savage, who at least calls the fasicsts what they are, fascists.


26 posted on 03/19/2014 4:24:56 AM PDT by stockpirate (Only a tidal wave of tyrants blood will return our tree of liberty......)
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To: d_focil

Good analysis of socialism.


27 posted on 03/19/2014 4:40:41 AM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: d_focil

And unless you can condense this article to 147 characters or less, the vast majority of the sheeple who need this explanation, will never see it.


28 posted on 03/19/2014 4:41:49 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: d_focil
It takes a certain kind of fool to fall for the economic death trap that is socialism after a 20th century filled with death, oppression, stagnation and eventual collapse at the hands of those who fought for Marx's flawed vision of human history and progress.

The main supporters did not "fall for it". They knew quite well that the system would eventually collapse. They figured that, until it DID collapse, they would enjoy power and wealth beyond what they would have earned in a free market economy.

The main supporters of socialism are the elites (who want power) and the underclass (who want to loot the property of the productive).

29 posted on 03/19/2014 4:53:44 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: d_focil

How can people be so blind? Because the defenders of socialism always insist it didn’t work because (1) the right people weren’t in charge, but THIS TIME they will be, and (2) not enough money was thrown at the problems that arose.


30 posted on 03/19/2014 5:24:29 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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