Mr. Maduro goes to Caracas.
Venezuela is in a state of waste — of the smelly, flaming variety. Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela is imploding, and he couldn’t give a damn. The Venezuelan Government is rationing food (just as Bernie prefers!) and those who are not privy to Maduro’s favor are hunting stray dogs and eating garbage to avoid starvation. Along with living in abject poverty, Venezuelans are quite literally dying in the streets at the hands of their government. Yet the familiar cries of “not real socialism” ring throughout Leftist circles. Do not be mistaken, this is the real Socialism. And it still does not work, just as it always hasn’t.
Maduro took over the country in 2013 when longtime dictator Hugo Chávez died. Chávez was often lauded by progressives as a champion of progressivism, most notably by former President Jimmy Carter. The Left has a vile habit of praising dictators. When Fidel Castro kicked the bucket, the likes of Justin Trudeau, Jeremy Corbyn, and Barack Obama all united in mourning over the passing of the murderous dictator. This happens, because to progressives, the ends justify the means. And as we’ve seen in Venezuela (et al.), the ends are not so desirable either — in fact, quite the opposite. To the likes of Trudeau and Corbyn, Cuba’s literacy rate and healthcare “for all” (both are bunk propositions, by the way) justify the imprisonment and murder of thousands of people. The same justification has occurred in regards to Chávez’s, and now Maduro’s, Venezuela.
Hugo Chávez took one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, and created a hell hole of poverty and death. He nationalized ownership of the country’s oil reserves so that he could transform Venezuela into the socialist utopia Leftist’s strive to create. Rather than Lenin’s wet dream of a “worker’s paradise,” Chávez created his own, selective version of the communist’s villain, bourgeois class. The system enriched himself and his cronies, and like a baker giving scraps to dogs, gifted equal amounts of poverty to everyone else: just as Lenin and Stalin did in the Soviet Union, Mao in China, Castro in Cuba, Franco in Spain, Pol Pot in Cambodia, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and the list goes on and on. Chávez’s toady Maduro has since picked up where he left off.
“Do not be mistaken, this is the real Socialism. And it still does not work, just as it always hasn’t.”
Venezuela currently finds itself in the midst of a brewing civil car. Maduro and his cronies disbanded the elected legislature, and established a corruptly elected “National Constituent Assembly” that granted dictatorial power to the autocrat. Like his ideological forefathers, Maduro has resorted to imprisoning and killing political dissidents. Strongmen turning to murderous tactics is nothing new, and this is no exception. Neither is the Marxsplaining promulgated on the Left. Marxists have this theory that Marxism, and its bastard children (Communism, Socialism, and Fascism) are only one tweak away from reaching the utopia envisioned by their namesake (and really Communism, Socialism, and Fascism are tweaks themselves). Reality proves otherwise.
Socialism became popular back in the mid-to-late 1800s — it failed. It fell out of favor when Lenin’s version of Marxism — Communism — became the flavor of the month. It too, failed, and epically so. Mussolini next took a swing at tweaking Marxist theory into the Fascism that we see Social Justice Warrior hypocrites denouncing today. In a not-so-shocking, non-twist of events, it failed! Like 80s fashion trends, Socialism is rather rapidly making its way back into favor. But its outcome remains the same — failure and death. Marxism is responsible for killing north of 200 million people. This is its legacy, and it is playing out perfectly in Venezuela.
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