In Venezuela, the high price of oil has helped cover up the disaster of a centrally-planned economy, run by a corrupt strongman. But now that oil is low, the disaster of socialism has nothing to save it.
They’re so poor they don’t have the money to pay the printing presses to print money. There are rolling electricity black-outs in the country. The capital, Caracas, now has the highest murder rate in the world — crime, politics, revenge, whatever.
People are literally starving there, eating dogs and cats and pigeons. A mob burned a man alive over five dollars.
Of course, the ruling elites are doing just fine. Hugo Chavez’s daughter, Maria Gabriela Chavez, has a net worth of $4.2 billion, stolen from the country by her late father.
But — what about all the people in the west, in Hollywood, even in Canada, who have held Venezuela up a role model?
Do you think we could hear a word about it from Sean Penn or Michael Moore? Maybe Elizabeth May, or even Barack Obama…?
NEXT: An expert on Venezuela, Israel Ortega, says all that country’s problems began with socialism.
THEN: Dan Park is an artist from Malmo, Sweden, who I met on my trip to Europe. He joins me again because he's been arrested for his drawings. You won’t believe why.
FINALLY: Your letters to me — plus some hate mail from someone who I think is actually secretly my biggest fan.