Pirates of the Caribbean II: Welcome to Venezuela

Lawlessness abounds in socialist nations.  I don’t think bringing back piracy to the Caribbean was what they had in mind.  The Washington Post actually does a pretty good exposé on this.

There have been reports of piracy over the past 18 months near Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti and St. Lucia. But nowhere has the surge been more notable, analysts say, than off the coast of Venezuela.

An economic crisis in the South American country has sent inflation soaring toward 1 million percent, making food and medicine scarce. Malnutrition is spreading; disease is rampant; water and power grids are failing from a lack of trained staff and spare parts. Police and military are abandoning their posts as their paychecks become nearly worthless. Under the socialist government of President Nicolás Maduro, repression and corruption have increased.

The conditions are compelling some Venezuelans to take desperate action.

One Venezuelan port official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to address official corruption, said that Venezuelan coast guard officers have been boarding anchored vessels and demanding money and food. He said commercial ships, in response, are increasingly anchoring farther off the coast, and turning off their motors and lights to avoid being seen at night.

It’s important to remember that this could happen to us.  Socialism is often times a slow creep.  It’s part of the reason there was such a huge outcry to Obamacare.  In the United States, health care is about 20% of the gross domestic product.  Thankfully, we’ve elected a President who recognizes this disaster and has tried to dismember it, or encourage Congress to do so.

Venezuela turned to socialism in 1998 with the election of Hugo Chavez.  He redistributed land to the poor and in 2007 took over many of the major oil projects.  Oil is half of the country’s GDP and accounts for nearly 100% of its exports.  Price control, a heavily government controlled economy, and plummeting oil prices have wrecked what should be a prosperous nation.  Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world.  There is no reason they should be floundering this badly, or having to cross into Colombia to buy simple necessities such as toilet paper and milk.

Forbes.com has a nice little slideshow here which highlights many other countries that have tried socialism and failed.  The dumbing down of the populace is one of the greatest injustices we have ever seen.  There should be absolutely no reason socialism and communism are as popular as they are, especially among millennials.  Via The Washington Times:

The majority of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist, communist or fascist nation rather than a capitalistic one, according to a new poll.

In the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s “Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Toward Socialism,” 58 percent of the up-and-coming generation opted for one of the three systems, compared to 42 percent who said they were in favor of capitalism.

The most popular socioeconomic order was socialism, with 44 percent support. Communism and fascism received 7 percent support each.

Let that sink in.  This falls directly on us and our educational system.  This isn’t altogether surprising as the vast majority of academia consists of far left professors and administrators.  While immigration is our most glaring problem right now, reforming the education system is just as important though a much longer process.

Let us not forget the horrors of socialism.  Nationalizing major industries and redistributing wealth always leads to disaster.  The faster we can leave industry to the free markets and disband welfare and other government programs that force redistribution of wealth the safer and better off we will be.

Universal Basic Income program scrapped in Canada

Ontario is ending their universal basic income program over a year earlier than originally intended because it wasn’t tenable.  Via The Daily Wire:

Universal basic income is “clearly not the answer for Ontario families,” explained Children, Community, and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod, adding that the program was “not sustainable.”

Though the welfare program was intended to last three years, it will be coming to an end this week, announced MacLeod. She promised the program’s exit would be done “ethically” and would provide “more detail at a later date.”

Roughly 4,000 Canadians, regardless of unemployment status, are enrolled in the program. “[A] single person could have received up to about $17,000 a year, minus half of any income he or she earned. A couple could have received up to $24,000 per year. People with disabilities could have received an additional $6,000,” reports CBC.

MacLeod was lambasted for pulling the plug on the unsustainable system by Canadian politicians and program recipients. Andrea Horwath, the Ontario provincial NDP leader, for example, said the call to end the program was “shameful.”

“And this callous, mean-spirited premier sees this as a priority? Making poverty worse? Making life worse for families? Absolutely disgraceful. Shameful,” blasted Horwath.

Dave Cherkewski, a program recipient, complained, “I had a three-year plan and now it’s gone.”

As President Trump and his brand of politics continues to spread and fundamentally alter the political landscape, I suspect people like Andrea Horwath will slowly fade away, and not a moment too soon.  Socialism is one of those ideologies that is easy to talk about how great it would be for everyone, but those who spread this dangerous message rarely ever have to suffer the consequences of their virtue signaling.  Sorry, Andrea, but it is not “shameful” or “mean spirited” to end a program that would bankrupt the country.  Isn’t it possible that MacLeod may have some concern for the rest of the country and those paying into the system in the first place?  And Mr Cherkewski, perhaps you should re-tinker your 3 year plan to one that doesn’t depend on free handouts to succeed?  Just a thought.

It’s been said many times before but universal basic income at this juncture isn’t sustainable.  Theoretically in the future as more automation and robotics develop maybe that will be a different story.  Even so, is it the best thing to do?  Will rewarding slothful behavior really yield positive benefits down the road?  The entire argument against Communism and Socialism is that people want to be justly compensated for the work they put in.  Not this “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” Marxist BS.  It is far too easy to job the system and human nature is clearly more suitable for a more capitalistic ideology.  The gall of Andrea Horwath to call it shameful.  Where exactly does she think this money is coming from?  Yet another black mark on our educational system that the most basic of economic principles isn’t taught properly or entirely ignored in schools.

Venezuela’s prez admits socialism failure

Even Venezuela’s president now admits that socialism has been a complete failure.  Via Yahoo:

Under-fire Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro admitted his economic model has “failed” in the wake of food and medicine shortages and public service paralysis, such as Tuesday’s power failure that affected 80 percent of Caracas.

“The production models we’ve tried so far have failed and the responsibility is ours, mine and yours,” Maduro told his ruling PSUV party congress, as Venezuela looks to tackle chronic inflation the International Monetary Fund predicted would reach one million percent this year.

The apologists will come out of the woodwork as per usual to defend socialism at every turn and lecture us about how Venezuela’s model wasn’t real socialism.  (They hope you’ll forget the fact they were praising Venezuela just a few years ago.)

Venezuela has centralized hundreds of industries.  It’s difficult to name even one industry that has ever been better off being run by the government rather than private enterprise.  This, perhaps more than any other reasoning, should be the approach when trying to explain to those championing socialism the inherent dangers therein.  It’s easy to get frustrated (as I often do) at these people, but we also must remember they’ve been under government programming for 12+ years of the educational system.  Sometimes trying to explain things from a financial basis can be too much for some people to understand.

Financial advice in a socialist country

One of the greatest problems of any civilization is forgetting about the past.  We can’t learn from history’s mistakes if we don’t read up on it, or as is more often the case with our education system these days, if we’re not taught about it in the first place (or taught an alternate version).  Enter socialism, a system that no matter how many times it proves to be a total trainwreck, rears its ugly head over and over again.  And we’re promised that “last time it didn’t work, but this time it totally will”.  This article from The Economist explains some of the pains many in Venezuela have to go through because of socialism.

ASK the chief investment officer of a fund-management firm how to spread your investments and you will be told to put so much in stocks, so much in bonds and something in hedge funds or private equity. Chances are that white-elephant buildings, eggs and long-life milk will not feature. But in Venezuela, where the inflation rate is in the tens of thousands, things that people elsewhere would shun for fear they will lose value have become stores of real wealth.

That is why you can see scaffolding and other signs of a building boom dotted around Caracas, the capital of a country that has endured an economic collapse. Businesses need to park their earnings where they will not be wiped out by inflation. A smaller-scale response to galloping prices is the emerging “egg economy”. Eggs hold their value better than cash, for a while at least. They make for a convenient currency, too. It is easier to carry around a half-dozen eggs than a trunkful of banknotes. And many tradespeople would be happier to receive the eggs.

Is that the kind of place we want to live?  Where eggs are the currency and hold more value?  Or where a car is a better investment vehicle (har har) than a mutual fund?  The nation that has the largest oil reserves by country in the world should never in any circumstances be in the kind of financial trouble that they are in.  Socialism has the ability to destroy even the richest of natural resources.

Let this serve as a reminder to us.  Socialism, not now, not ever.

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The Veil is off – NYT: The Millennial Socialists are Coming

An op-ed piece in The New York Times today informs us that the millennial socialists are coming, after the victories of three progressive women running in Democratic primaries who are all endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America.  And Michelle Goldberg would like to tell us why this is a good thing.  These two paragraphs tell you all you probably need to know about Michelle:

Their races were part of a grass-roots civic renewal that is happening across this country, something that is, for me, the sole source of optimism in this very dark time. Marinating in the news in New York City, I’m often sick with despair. An authoritarian president of dubious legitimacy and depraved character is poised to remake America for generations with a second Supreme Court pick. The federal government is a festival of kleptocratic impunity. Kids the same age as my own are ripped from their migrant parents.

But all over the nation, people, particularly women, are working with near supernatural energy to rebuild democracy from the ground up, finding ways to exercise political power however they can. For the middle-aged suburbanites who are the backbone of the anti-Trump resistance, that often means shoring up the Democratic Party. For younger people who see Donald Trump’s election as the apotheosis of a rotten political and economic system, it often means trying to remake that party as a vehicle for democratic socialism.

The dumbing down of our children through disastrous education policies in this country over the past few decades is coming into fruition now.  Even while people in failed socialist shithole Venezuela are hunting dogs, cats, and pigeons due to food shortages, we’re still told that socialism is the way of the future!  Free shit for everybody!  These women, running on platforms such as free education for all, abolishing ICE, and free healthcare for all, seem to have forgotten history, or more likely simply are ignorant of how socialism and communism turn out every single time.  And further down in the article:

Many of the D.S.A.’s goals, reflected in Ocasio-Cortez’s platform, are indistinguishable from those of progressive democrats. But if the D.S.A. is happy to work alongside liberals, its members are generally serious about the “socialist” part of democratic socialist. Its constitution envisions “a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.”

Talk of popular control of the means of production is anathema to many older Democrats, even very liberal ones. It plays a lot better with the young; one recent survey shows that 61 percent of Democrats between 18 and 34 view socialism positively. The combination of the Great Recession, the rising cost of education, the unreliability of health insurance and the growing precariousness of the workplace has left young people with gnawing material insecurity. They have no memory of the widespread failure of Communism, but the failures of capitalism are all around them.

Again, Michelle fails to point out the failures of socialism which are actually all around us.  And I think she’s vastly underestimating how many people DO NOT want to live in a country envisioned on “a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships” within her own party or the country as a whole.  The majority of people in our country, as it currently sits demographically, want equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.  That’s not sure to hold forever.  As more low IQ people are allowed to come here, who are known to vote for bigger government, this attitude may change.  And as they come in ever greater numbers, and as the national average IQ continues to drop, they will bring with them their failed policies from whatever failed countries they are abandoning.  This is not magic dirt.  If you moved the population of Mexico into Japan and the Japanese people into Mexico, things would be different.  Japan would be Mexico on an island, to use a phrase Stefan Molyneux has used before.  It would cease to be Japanese.  The same thing applies here.  As the population continues to be replaced, this country as we now know it to exist will change as well.
The veil is off completely.  They are no longer even bothering to hide the fact that what they want is globalism.  They’re openly advocating for abolishing ICE (leading to open borders) and centralizing many things which should be left to the free market, or what’s left of it anyway.  I do not want to live in a socialist shithole.  I’ve seen this movie too many times before.  And I think (and very much hope) that there is still a number of center-left Democrats who think socialism is a step too far.  Contrary to what they want you to believe, or fail to see, but this push towards ever more radical left policies will tear the Democratic party apart, not unify it.  And I for one couldn’t be happier about that.  Check out this video from Stefan Molyneux on population replacement for more information on why socialism needs to be stopped now before it’s too late.

 

Loser Joe Crowley complains Ocasio-Cortez made the campaign too much about race

Nine term Congressman, loser to extreme leftist Ocasio-Cortez, was recently complaining that she had made this too much about race.  Funny hearing this from one of the leftist imbeciles whose policies for the past 50 years have inevitably led to this very moment.  Via The Intercept:

His opponent, he said, was trying to make the campaign “about race” — a strategy he called “unnecessarily divisive” at a time when the party needed to be “fighting Republicans, not other Democrats,” according to two people at the gathering.

“I can’t help that I was born white,” Crowley said. One of those who heard Crowley’s speech, Nick Haby, a Democratic activist who attended the meet-and-greet, agreed to speak on the record, while the second asked for anonymity given Crowley’s power in the Queens political machine.

Literally every single Democratic policy is about sowing division and putting people into groups.  Identity politics has been their game for decades now.  Did he really not think this would happen?  Did he really think all the minorities he “championed” for so long would reward him kindly and remember him in the future?  Of course not.  This is but a microcosm of what is to come.  Population replacement is very real, and when they have majorities the rest of us will be marginalized, and have nobody but ourselves to blame.

Worse, he ran unchallenged for several elections in a row.  This probably could’ve come to fruition even sooner than it did.  And boy was he replaced by a real winner:

If Crowley positions himself as a photo negative of the president, Ocasio-Cortez is a different medium altogether. A 28-year-old woman and daughter to a Puerto Rican mother and Bronx father, Ocasio-Cortez’s most notable novelty is arguably not her demographic profile, but her policy profile. She calls for the abolition of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Medicare for All, tuition-free public college, a federal jobs guarantee, and criminal justice reform “now.” “It doesn’t take 100 years to do this,” she intones in a viral campaign video. “It takes political courage.”

They aren’t even hiding their agenda anymore.  They want to turn this country into an open borders, socialist shithole.  Solid running points from this 28 year old indoctrinated loser.  And keep in mind the guy she beat was no slouch.  He was largely considered next in line to replace Nancy Pelosi as leader of the House Democrats if she retired or was ousted.  Democratic policies have turned this into identity politics.  There is no turning back, and now it looks like the game will have to be played that way, whether we wanted it or not.

Glorious Socialism – Polio back in Venezuela

Via The Telegraph:

Nearly 30 years after declaring Polio eradicated in Venezuela, the first case of the disease has been reported in the country as it reels from an economic crash crippling its healthcare system.

The case in the  eastern state of Delta Amacuro was reported as basic vaccine coverage continued to fall amid the worsening political and economic crisis.

The news comes as the country faces an increase in other diseases, some also formerly eradicated, such as diphtheria, tuberculosis, measles, and malaria.

Hmmm, something seems awry here.  Aren’t we constantly told that socialism is amazing, and especially socialist health care?  Wasn’t Venezuela the poster child for how great socialism was?  This “brand of socialism” has gone the way of every other brand of socialism.  Reminds me of this meme:

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Don’t let those who wax poetic about how great socialism is off the hook with this stuff.  It happens every single time.  It’s the inevitability of socialism.  It does not work, and cannot work without being propped up by capitalism in some form or another.

Polio shouldn’t be a problem anymore.  This disease was for all intents and purposes eradicated a long time ago.  Let this serve as yet another stark reminder that socialism and communism will inevitably lead down a dark path to utter destruction unless rigorously rooted out and stopped anytime it pops up.