May 19, 2016

Venezuela descends into anarchy — and its Canadian defenders are awfully quiet

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

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.

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commented 2016-05-30 21:22:13 -0400
Why are Socialists so quiet about Venezuela? Because as we see, once again, socialism has failed as it always does. Socialists are busy revising history & looking for someone or something else to blame this on. Later, when they have all their talking points sorted out, they’ll be making lots of noise again as they fight to lead us back down to this road to hell (aka the socialist worker’s paradise.)

Sweden – another former socialist paradise. As they sink further into socialism they sink further into becoming a police state.
commented 2016-05-22 17:17:10 -0400
Alberta: beware of Rachel Chavez and Justin Maduro.
commented 2016-05-22 10:35:35 -0400
I tell people the same thing Pat and they say I’m fear mongering.
Sooner or latter you have to pay the bills.
commented 2016-05-21 21:27:22 -0400
Look out Canada, people like notley, wynne, and the king himself jt, are sending us down the same road.
commented 2016-05-21 15:03:45 -0400
Ezra here’s a challenge for CC that keeps sending good you hate mail. Have him or her sign up to be a volunteer to help rebuild Fort Mac. I bet he or she is like you said a troll, that just writes to you just because and nothing more. This person has no morals or self worth to be bothered. This person is just quite happy living a life of ease thanks to the people (taxpayers) of this county.
Randy Williams.
commented 2016-05-20 23:27:29 -0400
Sad to say, but with the left mostly in power here, Canada is demonstrably headed the way of Venezuela.
commented 2016-05-20 22:15:09 -0400
“The goal of socialism is to be national.” Sorry Peter, I have to disagree with you there. Soviet communism was said to be international socialism. It was thought that all peoples of all races and (formerly) all creeds would band together for the glorious future, comrade. The fact that it never worked out that way in practice is the same as how socialism never works in practice (long term).

National socialism implies that only people of a particular cultural or ethnic background can make socialism work. Mr. Hilter thought that only Germans could pull it off for racist reasons. Mr Musseleum thought only Italians could pull it off for a mix of national and cultural reasons. I submit that Mr. Wilson thought that the US could pull it off because of a superior culture and work ethic. Debatable, I know, but look at how much the other two praised Prez Wilson and tried to emulate him.
commented 2016-05-20 17:27:22 -0400
The leftist dream is for everybody to be treated equally. If it means taking away what others have, to bring them down to the level of failure of socialists, then that is what needs to be done. The left needs to bitch about everything. First it starts off with those with more. Then it turns to reshaping society, and finally into being anti human. At this point, it is just so sickening to hear the leftists blame humans for climate change.
commented 2016-05-20 16:26:57 -0400
For once,EZRA, I disagree with you. This Swedish artist is being a provocative jerk. He was not arrested merely for ‘a swear word’. He is promoting murder and hate. We recall this excuse of ‘art’ ,‘artistic’ in the horrific scene of a Jesus in Urine in NY City. This type of offense, in the name of art, a common excuse, should take the sensitivities of what others hold as sacred in mind. Those of us who recall, the Nazis called Jews "rats’ enough until people believed it, and murdered en masse. There are many other examples of this hate-spreading, such as in Burundi and Rwanda. They called Tutis ‘termites’ constantly until the people indeed felt the hate and murdered over 800 000 of their fellow countrymen. Words can be evil tools and sharp weapons. This Swede is a goof. The N word is awful. He can keep that stuff in his own apt. but should not be able to show it publicly. It’s hate and murder spreading.

For those of us who can’t imagine that, just look at countless past examples. Hats off to the Swedish police, who are normally wimps and should also tend to the hate spreading of Muslims in Sweden and would do well to monitor their mosques as well as this guy’s ‘art’ display.

As for Venezuela, I am a Spanish major and have many friends in and from Venezuela. In the past year alone, they have gone to basic living to near starving conditions NOW. The problem is the flights out of Venezuela are at catastrophic prices, IF you can even get a flight. I have offered my place to several of these people,but we cannot get them flights. It’s urgent there. Seeing clips of Barack Obama with Chavez and Maduros chills my bones. It’s what Obama was always about, what he should have been noted for in the cold socialism, blatant atheism, disregard for torture and human rights all for the higher socialist good of the state.

It is hard to believe how stupid our youth of today have been made. We’ve just lived 70 years of socialism/communism and have seen mounds of dead bodies, tales of the most evil tortures, all because socialism fails. And yet, the people,mostly young and obviously ill instructed in HISTORY and PHILOSOPHY, vote for Obama, Sanders, Trudeau—all with relentless socialist policies: elimination of tradition and culture, total control of population growth, disregard for torture and persecuted peoples, massive spending and self-pocket filling.. all in the name of caring, compassion.. kinda like ‘art’.

Socialism is an say ‘diabolic’ evil, a word I don’t use lightly. It replaces the real God and hoodwinks populations, abuses and exploits them, promises a new Paradise which they know for sure is a lie…they have plans! It is the same old thing, yet we keep voting for it. And noteworthy, speaking of Obama, socialists notoriously attack their ‘own kind’ the most. .. Obama spending millions on Planned Parenthood to target black babies, seeing the plight of blacks descend more and more. He got 99% of the black vote in 2008! Amazing! Tha’ts what happens when educational systems offer ONLY or predominantly tech, sex and finance as curricula ,and teach no or skimpy history and philsophy. .. this makes the people very easy to ‘suck in’. Indeed, a people without solid training in philosphy and history are miseducated and vulnerable. We see that all around us! .. Sanders and Trudy voters!.. check their transcripts and report cards!.. no Aristotle, Plato, Wells, Aquinas, Maimonedes, etc, there!!! So they fall for all the ‘social crap’ the media and governments throw at them. They feel so smart but can’t see through a single error. We used to call it ‘conscience formation’. The late great Dr.Viktor Frankl once wrote: “My greatest fear today is that our youth don’t even know the Ten Commandments”. Theses have been writen on that!

Finally, as for Sweden, what is happening to them, it must be said, if one wants to be honest, it is 100% their own fault. They were among the first way back in the 20’s to accept artificial birth control, then abortion (also birth control) and therefore to manipulate their people and population to what they have now.. a need for immigrants. Their governments (Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and Holland too) aren’t bringing the immigrants in because they care about persecution in the home country. All of these insane governments could rightly make the case, I’m afraid to say, “look, we have no people, we have aborted and contracepted ourselves nearly out of existence, we don’t have not enough skilled workers” so we have to let them in. The general population would hardly have a counter-argument.

So the Catholic Church is not so archaic and silly after all! It’s been a battle of population, respect for life, after all! Those who respect it the most WIN! Like Poland, the Philippines. The latter have their problems, but they face no threat of extinction, they are happy thriving peoples with a huge youth population; they have an endless future, they have all their traditions in tact, they have the lowest suicided in the world. They have life.

As for Canada, if we don’t really respect life more, if we don’t stop playing the semantic games (compassion, diversity, inclusiveness, service to women.. all fake words for ‘population control’), we too can foresee that we are screwing ourselves. That’s what socialism does.. it causes suicide of nations. And its main weapon is population control read: birth control and abortion. .. hardly just ONE issue politics! It isn’t even allowed to be discussed in Canada. That was Harper’s biggest mistake, by the way. .. he too was totally pro-abortion. When we have that situation, when we vote for people like him, we can only expect the next worse and we got him/them. When the MP for Kitchener wanted to introduce a bill to investigate the humanity of the unborn, Harper’s biggest mistake was not on economics .. it was his refusal to allow this key and essential finding and to make it public.
commented 2016-05-20 12:57:30 -0400
“The goal of socialism is communism.” – Vladimir Lenin
May, Nutley, Obama and of course our little Justin grew up on a diet of this dangerous nonsense !
Chauvez extorted Billions out of the govt coffers . . . got sick, and went for some of that “Michael Moore” Cuban Healthcare . . . which killed him quite quickly.
Socialism is a malignant disease that destroys nations . . . only the weak minded like Hollyweird actors subscribe to this insanity !
Sweden is well down this Socialist Dhimmicrap road . . . will Canada be following in their footsteps?
commented 2016-05-20 12:29:32 -0400
Peter Netterville commented – “The goal of socialism is to be national.”

The goal of socialism is to become a one party state. The ultimate goal of socialism is the become a transnational global one party state.

Venezuela began its death spiral as a failed state the day it rejected democratic political pluralism fof single party dictatorship. When government loses opposing opinion/constructive criticism and makes policy in a vacuum, there is nothing to stop disasterous policies from eroding a nation.

We need to keep this in mind as our transnational socialist federal government attemps to install a single party state through ballot rigging.
commented 2016-05-20 11:05:03 -0400
Socialism and national socialism are the same thing. The goal of socialism is to be national.

There has never been a socialist regime in the history of the planet that has not destroyed or is in the process of destroying the nation in which the socialism disease resides.

Socialism is precisely where the Trudeau Liberals and all the provincial NDP government are deliberately taking Canada.

There are two classes of people in any socialists system, 1) the elite who live in the lap of luxury at the expense of 2) the common people who live in poverty. Yup, socialism make all the peasants equal … all equally poor.

I can understand why the elite in Canada want a socialist government because they will be the socialist elite that live in the lap of luxury and plenty.

What I cannot understand is why the rest, who obviously will never be part of the elite, so desperately desire a socialist government. They are, in effect, desiring to be desperately poor.
commented 2016-05-20 10:27:56 -0400
So-called Venezuelan prosperity under Chavez was bolstered by only one thing: high oil prices. He was an anti-democratic dictator who gerrymandered elections in his favour. His economic record is a great example of the road to hell being paved with good intentions—while propping up the poor and collectivizing agriculture and resources he created a system dependent solely oil prices. And while living standards may have increased for the poorest, principally through propping up the education and health care systems modeled after Cuba and implemented by Castro through “missions” (i.e. providing thousands of doctors, educators) they were not in any way enfranchised. Cuba also lent Chavez the security apparatus to quell protest and dissent.

A free market economy would have done a much better job, and in this way pro-Chavez arguments are disingenuous. Chavez didn’t do a good job bolstering Venezuala’s economy, he held it back from becoming a sustainable economy. He squandered the opportunity to develop first world infrastructure during the boom. The economy was in shambles when he died, declining since the 2009 crash when it suffered a 2 year recession, longer than any other Latin American country despite it’s oil wealth, and is much worse now. He left a huge fiscal deficit, oversaw a diminished production capacity in almost everything, including oil—the Golden Goose of the country, along with rapidly increasing debt and currency devaluation. Not to mention the gross corruption under his leadership.

The apologists for Chavez are full of it. The current situation is a direct result of his policies.
commented 2016-05-20 08:46:30 -0400
John S and Marty sure have some talking points. I don’t agree with them, but would they agree that it’s good that they’re raising them in Canada instead of Venezuela or Cuba? Freedoms don’t exist in isolation. “Nationalism” has many talking points about it – I like being able to take pride in one’s country and its accomplishments, but disagree with National Socialism because of the results it has always brought about on its own citizens.
commented 2016-05-20 03:50:54 -0400
Marty Smith the US civil war was not about any of those either. YOUR WELCOME!
commented 2016-05-20 03:46:11 -0400
Travis socialists are usually morons.
commented 2016-05-20 03:45:06 -0400
John S the economy was stable under Harper, and under the ALberta PC’s , it got worse under the libs and NDP.
commented 2016-05-20 03:42:42 -0400
Marty Smith WW2 was not about any of those.
commented 2016-05-20 03:15:44 -0400
Oh good, Ezra is now talking about eating dogs.

With all the talk of the huge amounts of dogs in the humane society, I think it would be a good idea to send the dogs to Venezuela. It would cut down on the costs of the humane society, and feed the starving people of Venezuela.
commented 2016-05-20 02:45:49 -0400
Marty, regarding your comment

“This is post Hugo Chavez Venezuela. Like him or hate him, he attacked corruption, nationalized the nation’s resources, and vastly improved the nations power grid.”

Lets go over these points

Chavez declares “electricity emergency” in Venezuela
From 2010

Corruption, Mismanagement, and Abuse of Power in Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela

From 2006

And yes he nationalized everything and the oil industry was always run by the Venezuelan government. Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. was created in the 70’s long before Chavez.

You’re a moron Marty
commented 2016-05-20 01:44:44 -0400
No, Yanokovych wanted to bridge the gaps and have the Eurasian union deal and an EU deal. The Americans wouldn’t have it. They wanted either the EU purely or nothing.

Which is why the coup had to happen.
commented 2016-05-20 01:42:45 -0400
I do not regard the Canadian Action party as a socialist party. They are nationalists. Read their principles.

I am sure that you can do that. The fact is Paul Hellyer a former Liberal MP who ran for the leadership races of the PCs and Liberals in the 70’s and 60’s respectfully did so to bring a Canadian nationalist platform.

I will agree with you Drew that state capitalism can occur under socialism and nationalism but both systems are entirely different. Socialism is union centric while nationalism is government focused to dictate tariffs and which industries are specialized. Both are statist but both like communism guarantee full employment. I do agree that nationalism even under Trump could be similar if he follows a purely protectionist platform.
commented 2016-05-20 01:40:34 -0400
DREW WAKARIUK : Wars are fought only for 3 reasons.

Creed, land, or money/wealth. All frontiers are explored. No new land to conquer. That leaves creed and wealth.

So far it doesn’t seem to be creed :

Panama : latino Christians
Ukraine : mainly white Christians
Somalia : Black Muslims/local tribes.
Vietnam : Asian Buddhists (fought hardest too)
Iraq : Arab Muslims

No patterns by creed there. That leaves wealth…

You’re welcome.
commented 2016-05-20 01:40:16 -0400
No the oil crisis was caused by Saudi Arabia to damage world markets such as Russia, the US fracking industry and in some cases Alberta. That all began under the Harper administration but I agree it was not caused by the Harper regime but that is when the economy started to fall.
commented 2016-05-20 01:35:22 -0400
Secular socialists are the champion mass murderers of history , but i imagine John S wil make up some BS to claim otherwise.
commented 2016-05-20 01:35:09 -0400
“All the world economies are also contracting which is something which Rebel will not even acknowledge and this all began under Harper when oil prices started going down. Now it is noticeable.”

Ezra is in bed with Big Oil, so by proxy this means he is actually in bed with OPEC and Saudi Arabia whether he wants to realize it or not.

Nations that are not are : Russia, China, Brazil, India, South Africa, and a growing list of other nation all aligning against OPEC and the World Bank/IMF. They actually signed a rival ‘world bank’ agreement called the NDB/BRICS agreement.

This is our kingdom come folks. When those 5 nations replace the World Bank, we are in for it with the current retard leaders we keep voting for!
commented 2016-05-20 01:34:24 -0400
John S wars have been happening since man was around. Native tribes here warred and commited genocide long before white man came along.
commented 2016-05-20 01:32:39 -0400
John S the Russian puppet was legally removed in the Ukraine , it is in their constitution you loser. Sorry to make you face reality.
commented 2016-05-20 01:31:02 -0400
John S the last time oil was this low i was busy on the pipeline and the industry was quite well you moron. I had to decline work to get a mental break. And it was not Harper who caused this you moron, it is socialist pigs like you who hate the truth.
commented 2016-05-20 01:25:33 -0400
Point is, the country went to crap AFTER he was gone…

Media isn’t mentioning that one either…