Monday, August 01, 2016
Starvation has come to socialist Venezuela and forced labor may soon follow. Hot Air reports that:
One survey found that about half of Venezuelans can no longer afford to eat 3 meals a day. Dumpster diving for food, food riots and cross-border grocery shopping have become facts of life in the country...The conservative blog goes on to quote further examples, such as people subsisting on nothing but mangoes for three days, and nursing women becoming unable to produce milk due to malnutrition. The proposed solution by the government would be comical were it not for the fact that this is a problem it created (and this system had to create by its nature), and that it is slavery:
President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order “all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” to join a government drive aimed at increasing food production.And I am sure "circumstances" will "require it."
They can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a 60-day period that can be extended for another 60 days “if the circumstances require it.”
In the meantime, the left continues to pretend this system can deliver a Denmark. And too many on the right will liken such atrocities to experiments whose data, unaided by interpretation, will scare us all straight at the ballot box. Nicolás Maduro has part of the answer to both: "Venezuela’s socialist are holding an entire nation hostage, effectively threatening to let them starve rather than relinquish power." [link dropped] The fact that they have not been overthrown, and why (a combination of the ignorance and the altruist-collectivist political philosophy of its people) provide the rest of the answer.