Socialism Taken to the Next Level: Venezuela's New Decree Forces Farm Work On Citizens
A new decree by Venezuela's government could make its citizens work on farms because of the country's severe food shortages, reports CNN.
In a vaguely-worded decree, Venezuelan officials indicated that public and private sector employees could be forced to work in the country's fields for at least 60-day periods, which may be extended "if circumstances merit."
"Trying to tackle Venezuela's severe food shortages by forcing people to work the fields is like trying to fix a broken leg with a band aid," Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas' Director at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
President Nicolas Maduro is using his executive powers to declare a state of economic emergency. By using a decree, he can legally circumvent Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly -- the Congress -- which is staunchly against all of Maduro's actions, notes CNN.
This is what happens when you mix socialism. high price inflation, price controls and an authoritarian leader.