Friday, July 29, 2016

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.


  1. Soviet Union had that for years... Office workers, students, and other city workers were sent every year for a couple weeks to some колхоз (kolkhoz, a collective farm) to pick potatoes, or to some овощебаза (ovoshyebahzah, a vegetable warehouse) to sort semi-rotten veggies from completely rotten.

    Needless to say, this didn't work well, and resulted in far more illness (from routine colds and food poisonings and up to death and mutilation by unfamiliar agricultural equipment) and overall misery than it was worth in terms of food staples salvaged.

    The more I see how things work, the more I'm convinced that the only good socialist (of any stripe) is a dead socialist.

  2. Yep, and the more deader the more better!! The ONLY real way to get out of the mess they are in is to IMMEDIATELY switch over to a free market enterprise system and revert to a REAL monetary system based upon gold, silver and copper. No more of this fiat paper currency that is not backed up by anything of value.
    Unfortunately, they won't do ANY of that until the country has completely collapsed in on itself and 80-90% of the people are dead and rotting in the streets.

    1. A non-inflation based monetary system... wouldn't that be nice? The one we have now is truly responsible for a great deal of our issues. The inflationary nature of it consolidates power, while making it more and more difficult to use the capitalist price mechanism. All-the-while, the inflation creates a large profit class which becomes loathed by all others, ensuring an upheaval of society at some point.