Hugo Chavez and “Bolivarian Socialism:” an utter, if expected, failure

From Cheryl, an American who splits her time between the United States and Honduras:

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Chavez’s policies go from bad to worse

It’s come to this in Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela: The president is pleading with people to save water by limiting their daily cleansing routine to a 3-minute “communist shower.” Really. This is just the latest indication of how badly Mr. Chávez continues to mismanage the economy of energy-rich Venezuela, which should be one of the most prosperous nations in the world to judge from its vast hydrocarbon reserves.

Instead of offering Venezuela’s 27 million people a better life, Mr. Chávez “Bolivarian socialism” has squandered the nation’s wealth on military armament, populist schemes and the creation of a patronage state, a prescription for ruin and misery.

As a result, the deterioration of basic services that has characterized his prolonged tenure at Miraflores Palace is becoming impossible to deny. Today, water rationing and power shortages have become recurring, frustrating features of daily life.

The article is under copyright, so I can’t just reproduce the whole thing; if you are interested — and you should be! :) — you can follow the link to the original.

But, briefly, it is a list of just how badly the socialist savior of Latin America has screwed up his nation. Everything he has done has turned to feces; he has taken a country which ought to be wealthy, exporting petroleum and importing, in effect, the product of other people’s labor. Instead, he has turned Venezuela into a crony-state (the term nomenklatura comes to mind here), nationalized and then wholly mismanaged vital industries, and, needing a scapegoat to distract the people from the failures of his own policies, made an enemy of neighboring Columbia, and then wasted billions on armaments to defend Venezuela against a non-existent threat. He has extended “welfare” to Americans, in a propaganda-show of subsidized heating oil, while many of his own people live on less than $500 a year.

Yet, for some strange reason, Hugo Chavez is seen as a great leader in the region. Yet, when the people of Honduras depose a leftward-moving President when he finally steps over the line and does something unconstitutional, the brave, good-hearted leaders of the Organization of American States — unfortunately, including the complicity of the Obama Administration — goes nuts and tries to restore the deposed president..

26 Comments

  1. Communism fails every time because a simpleminded ideology can’t change human nature, but the idiot chorus continues to sing the same sweet song apparently oblivious to the suffering of the oppressed and to the hard lessons of history. They refuse to learn, so they make the same mistakes over and over. It’s called being Progressive.

  2. Actually, I believe Communism won’t fail every single time. I could leave it like that and have everyone scratching their heads, or I could explain precisely what I mean. I’ll take Option Three.

    Every country in the Middle East is officially at war with Israel, with the exception of Egypt. (And, Perry, look it up yourself.) Israel has to win every resurgence of that war or cease to exist. The Middle East countries only need to win one war and can lose all the rest. As soon as the Middle East topples Israel (It will never happen. (Again, Perry, read the Bible proof of that for yourself.)), they can stop fighting that war.

    Blu, on the other hand, is an absolute insane marxist nutjob that even a large number of leftists consider to be a nutjob.

  3. Eric, watch it anyway.

    Incidentally, I’m not a Marxist, I’m a believer in Democracy, which apparently John Hitchcock does not. He even shared recently why he does not believe in democracy. Ask him.

  4. It is an hour and a half well spent, because it is thoroughly intriguing! It’s not boring at all. The main thing is the disconnect between reality and the American media.

    In fact, a report from investigative journalist, Greg Palast said, “I’d just come back from Vequela. I saw a good 200,000 march against President Hugo Chavez. But what the American papers did NOT report was that nearly half a million Venezuelans marched for Chavez.”

    Our media has been manipulated for a long time. It’s gotten much worse in the last decade. A way to understand much of what has been going on, listen to former CIA. There are alot of them that are exposing things, that MSM won’t touch.

  5. Blu’s lie of omission from above:

    I’m a believer in Democracy, which apparently John Hitchcock does not. [interesting grammar] He even shared recently why he does not believe in democracy.

    This comes from:

    Because, blu, a democracy in its purest form is not a good thing. That’s why we have a Constitution. That’s why we are a Constitutional Republic.

    If 3 men and 2 women vote on whether to engage in “adult entertainment” and the 2 women vote “no” but the 3 men vote “yes” then democracy has it. The 2 women must engage in “adult entertainment”. But, if there is an overarching Constitution, the 2 women can be saved from that.

    Got it? No? I thought not.

    And blu proved my point.

  6. You have no faith in the good of the majority. The majority has more wisdom than you might think. When power is concentrated into fewer hands, that is when power starts getting abused.

  7. John, stop making a mountain out of a molehill. If you want an apology, okay, I apologize for saying you said something, you SAID. You didn’t offer an alternative. You do unknowingly, promote fascistic policies though, like torture, and (sigh) sooooo much more of that sort of thing, all in the name of “security”. Let’s not get off topic though.

  8. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

    James Madison, the Father of the Constitution

    And a corollary: If men are basically good, there would be no need for laws.

  9. Pure democracy leads directly to pure oppression. There is no way around that. And that is why the need for an overarching law, such as our Constitution.

    Oh, and did you hear the audio of one of Obama’s supporting cast saying our nation has had a specific problem for 223 years? That was killer. What was going on 223 years ago that ObamaNation would consider a problem today?

  10. You are so propagandized, John. You really should try to watch the videos, to see how far from reality what you are being fed is. If you have to download the clips overnight to see it, so be it. It will be a big step in the evolution of your awareness. Or go to the library and watch it on a PC.

    Incidentally, laws are what the “free market” folks want nothing of. That is how we got into the deep doo doo we’ve been in, recently.

    I’m for laws, but for some reason, the ACLU is attacked by the Righties. Why? They are just trying to remind everyone, that no matter who thinks what, their right to say it, should be protected.

    George Orwell said: “True liberty means allowing people freely to say things you do not want to hear.”

    There has been an effort to bring fascism to this nation, that started after WWII. There were some that specifically said that, that was their intention. There was even an attempt to overthrow democracy, in a book called “The plot to Seize the Whitehouse” . Rumor has it that Prescott Bush, GW’s grandfather was part of it. They literally wanted to emulate the fascist regimes of that recent time period. You can google that book up, and read it online. The fat cats that were industrialists, (already wealthy) bought up most of those books at the time, so the awareness of the many, then was limited.

    I have to work today, so can’t hang around here anymore today, but I do hope you get to watch some of the clips I’ve shared here.

  11. Here’s a hint: People found a need for a Constitutional Convention 223 years ago, so the Constitution was written. And, according to Obama and his ilk, the Constitution was all wrong, or somesuch thing.

    Okay, that wasn’t a hint.

  12. Sorry, Blu, but that’s overly simplistic. Prescott Bush was one of seven directors of the Union Banking Company, owned by the family of Fritz Theissen. It was seized in October of 1942 under the Trading With The Enemy Act, but there was never any evidence that it was more than a legitimate business venture. He worked with Dwight Eisenhower, and the people of Connecticut, with full knowledge of his past activities, twice elected him to the United States Senate.

    You think that maybe those banking activities weren’t as bad as the taint of Nazi! makes them sound? I rather doubt that the good people of Connecticut would have voted for him in 1952 and 1956, so soon after World War II, if what you wish to imply was anywhere close to true.

  13. An excerpt post WWII:

    The New York Times from the Ambassador to Germany, William Dodd shows:

    “A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime.

    On (the ship) a fellow passenger, who is a prominent executive of one of the largest corporations, told me point blank that he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt continued his progressive policies. Certain American industrialist had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy.

    They extended aid to help fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there. Propagandists for the fascist groups try to dismiss the fascist scare. We should be aware of the symptoms. When industrialists ignore laws designed for social and economic progress they will seek recourse to a fascist state when the institutions of our government compel them to comply with the provisions.”

    The collaboration between the Republican Party and the Nazis was an ongoing effort throughout the 1930s. However, it would not reach epidemic proportions until the 1940 election. With the European continent already embroiled in war, and President Roosevelt espousing pro-British views, the Nazis were desperate to keep the United States out of the war.

  14. In all fairness, there was efforts infiltrating also, within the Democratic party. Read the whole piece. QUITE fascinating!

  15. People who defend a coup d’État and the dictorship in Honduras are plain fascists like this SC senator (for sure defending death penalty, torture, propagation of AIDS as he surely is against condoms, corporate rule and like). Zelaya was no able to run for reelection as the elections any way were going to take place before a possible referendum about the constitution. And anyway: The current constitution in Honduras was written in the transition from the last dictatorship (before the current one) in 1983. A law is just an expression of a political relation of power and it was time for Honduras’ people to consider changing it

  16. It is an hour and a half well spent, because it is thoroughly intriguing! It’s not boring at all. The main thing is the disconnect between reality and the American media.

    Then write a review of it and post it here. Dana and I have both done book reviews, and I’ve reviewed a few movies, so that would fit in fine on this Site. Expecting people to watch a 1:30 hr long video just to make a point is asking way too much.

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