April 15, 2016

As NDP adopts LEAP Manifesto, Venezuela should remind “my generation of what socialism looks like in practice”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

My guest, Sun Media Columnist Candice Malcolm, looks at the NDP's embrace of the radical LEAP Manifesto, and why that's something we all need to worry about.

While young people especially might be seduced by this "idealistic" political plan, Malcolm says her generation just has to look at Venezuela to see socialism in action:

The country is rife with corruption, inequality, poverty and energy shortages -- even though it sits on huge energy reserves.

Malcolm also says conservatives need to do a better job of educating people about what socialism looks like in practice.

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commented 2016-04-18 11:58:19 -0400
Don’t look to the Conservatives to fight socialism. Judging by their defence of far too many government programs already, MPs like Ambrose, Rempel, et al would cross the floor and join the Liberals in a heartbeat. Time to clean out the CINOs – every last one of them.
commented 2016-04-16 14:49:39 -0400
John Landry , I lived and worked in Venezuela. There was nothing to have liked about Chavez. Nothing. Nor is there anything redeemable about communism. Chavez destroyed every business and institution in less than a decade. You cannot even get toilet paper and the grocery store shelves are empty. God Bless my friends there ,friends I cannot visit because of the crime and corruption.
I’m sorry John, your opinion of Hugo is misguided. I lived through the coup, the massive national strike and the murders in Caracas , young demonstrators picked off by Chavez loyalists. Hugo was a communist pig and I for one don’t miss him.
commented 2016-04-15 19:15:41 -0400
I fully agree with her and also that ‘socialism’ is a pathetic joke… however, Venezuela has become a country to ridicule because of it’s large oil reserves and the recent requirement for them to have to import oil…. as nutty as this is, how do we compare in the same regard…? We have large reserves as well but not at all self-sufficient…. at least Venezuela was self-sufficient in oil in recent memory.
commented 2016-04-15 18:54:35 -0400
Umm Sandra. “Sane members of the ndp”?!
commented 2016-04-15 18:47:30 -0400
Not sure many NDP fully embrace the Leap Manifesto. I think the sane members of the NDP realize accepting this will put them back in 3rd place for decades. Fine for those champagne socialists such as Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis (who live in downtown Toronto and walk every where and probably cycled to Edmonton for the convention) to hijack the convention but do they live as they espouse? Besides that, the mainstream NDP have the PM of their dreams in Justin Trudeau.
commented 2016-04-15 18:43:34 -0400
John, that is an odd statement.
commented 2016-04-15 18:40:58 -0400
There is a fallacy with her analogy though, is that no socialistic democracies in western Europe have devolved into a Venezuela, so there is no empirical data to support that conceptual edge case ever happening.

The big negatives are true though, like sapped motivation, innovation, drive and human potential.

What has Switzerland contributed to the world since the Swiss watch?
Nothing, just bureaucracy.

What has Sweden contributed since ABBA?
Nothing, just bureaucracy, and lots of jihad.

Just jihad.

Also another misconception of socialism is presupposing it eliminates a ruling class.
It does no such thing; rather, it creates a stronger separation between the peasants and those with the gold and the puppet strings.

commented 2016-04-15 18:33:59 -0400
I’m an extreme conservative, but I liked Hugo Chavez.