Category Archives: Socialism

“Collective Property” in Venezuela

Hugo Chavez is killing his country…his latest socialist move is to create “collective property”:

Vowing to undermine capitalism’s continued influence in Venezuela during his television and radio program “Hello President,” Chavez said state-financed cooperatives would operate under a new concept in which workers would share profits.

“It’s property that belongs to everyone and it’s going to benefit everyone,” said Chavez, a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro whom opponents accuse of leading Venezuela toward Cuba-style communism.

Chavez — a leftist former paratrooper popularly known as “El Comandante” — said his government fully respects private property, but pledged to replace capitalist ideals with socialist principles on cooperatives such as cattle ranches and farms.

It’s just another step toward the elimination of private property under the Chavez regime.

Chavez To Disband Venezuelan Legislature

This can’t be good…

Venezuela May Eliminate Congress, Lawmaker Vivas Says

Venezuela may eliminate the National Assembly and transfer the powers of congress to community councils, congressman Dario Vivas said.

The councils, which the government began organizing this year, will replace some state institutions and shutting congress is “part of that debate,” said Vivas, who is president of the assembly’s committee on citizen participation, decentralization and regional development.

Vivas didn’t say when or how congress would be eliminated.

“We’re going toward a communal government, a communal parliament,” Vivas in an interview with Caracas-based Globovision television station today. “Those institutions that we consider to have completed their cycle will have to make way for decisions made by the communities.”

Viva La Revolucion!

I see the rule of law stands firm, as Chavez contemplates disbanding the legislature which has a check on his personal power, replacing them with community councils which I’m sure will be under his thumb.

We all see where this is going, it’s too bad that the Chavez apologists willfully ignore it.

Dogs Begin Fleeing Venezuela

I guess it’s really starting to get ugly!

Stowaway puppy hunts home after surviving harrowing trip from Venezuela

An accidental stowaway from Venezuela, discovered in a ship container by dockworkers at Port Everglades, was being treated Tuesday for dehydration — and mange.

The caramel-colored mutt, a 3-month-old female, was found Thursday in the trailer-sized container among a shipment of tiles. The pup apparently survived a six-day passage from Maracaibo. And she was hungry.

“We opened the container and the dog started running out,” said dock supervisor Rene Pedraza. “Just started looking for food and water.”

Bobbi Miller of the West Palm Beach-based Chesed Foundation, an animal rescue group, took the dog, christened Lana, to a private Palm Beach County vet, who administered intravenous feeding Tuesday.

Hugo Chavez was reported to label the dog a greedy capitalist, when it was revealed that Lana’s first words when exiting the container were “Yo quiero Taco Bell”.

Hugo Chavez Continues To Defy Common Sense

Hugo Chavez must have it in mind to violate every law of economics in the book. Price controls, nationalization, and now demonetization:

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 17 — Of all the startling measures announced by President Hugo Chávez this year, from the nationalization of major utilities to threats of imprisonment for violators of price controls, none have baffled economists quite like his venture into monetary reform.

First, Mr. Chávez said the authorities would remove three zeroes from the denomination of the currency, the bolívar. Then he said the new bolívar, worth 1,000 old bolívars, would be renamed the “bolívar fuerte,” or strong bolívar.

Finally, at the behest of Mr. Chávez, the central bank said this week that it would reintroduce a 12.5-cent coin, a symbol of Venezuela’s prosperity in the 1960s and 1970s before freewheeling oil booms ended in abrupt devaluations, after three decades out of circulation.

Moves like this, of course, are common when countries are dealing with out of control inflation. Instead of dealing with the root causes of the problem, which would require a dictator like Chavez to abandon his ambitious/insane plans for Venezuela’s future, you simply change the monetary system and hope people will forget that the food they bought for 28,000 bolivars last week is the same as the food they’re buying for 28 “new bolivars” this week.

And it would appear that at least some people realize this:

The decisions to rename the currency and reintroduce the unusual coin, known here as the locha, a term thought to derive from an anachronistic practice of dividing monetary units into eighths, have dumbfounded many Venezuelans. More than a third of the country’s population of 26 million is under age 18, with no memory of the coin, which stopped circulating in the 1970s.

“I think that it’s cheap psychology,” said Jhonny Márquez, a manager at a transportation company. “I don’t believe the inflation will go down.”

Still, Mr. Chávez, 52, waxes nostalgic about the coin. Citing “the respect Venezuela’s economy has around the world” in a transmission of his television talk show this month in which he announced the coin’s return, Mr. Chávez said, “We’re going to end monetary instability in Venezuela.”

Yea, sure you are.

Hugo & Barbara On 20/20 Tonight

You can watch a preview here.

From the preview, Barbara Walters is focusing on personal fluff, and on Hugo & Bush’s little feud. No questions, as far as I can tell, about nationalizing the oilfields, enacting price controls which have led to meat shortages, or the fact that he was given dictatorial powers by the Venezuelan legislature.

So, as usual, the mainstream media gives a dictator a forum to explain why he’s a great guy and Bush esta el diablo.

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