January 27, 2017

Venezuela: A Socialist Basketcase

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Venezuela is broke. The people are starving. Parents are giving away their children because they can't afford to take care of them. How did this happen? Socialism

Venezuela shouldn’t be in the state of starvation and bankruptcy it’s in. It’s the most blessed South American nation as far as natural resources. Between conventional and non-conventional oil reserves, they hold the largest supply in the world at around 300B barrels.

But Venezuela rejected private enterprise when they nationalized their oil industry in 1976, opting to let their state owned oil and gas company PDVSA run everything, screwing up any chance to help their own people prosper with profits from oil exports.

Things are so bad, they have around 4M barrels of oil sitting in tankers anchored in the Caribbean Sea at this very moment but state owned PDVSA is unable to pay for hull cleaning, inspections, and other port services.

This could be the last straw for this country on the verge of total collapse, a country that subsidizes gasoline to such an extent that just a few years ago it was cheaper to buy a gallon of gasoline than a gallon of water.

It’s a sad state of affairs, but this is the result of hard line socialism and Marxism.

While the people of Venezuela suffer every day, the power class and elite benefit most. The wealthiest individual in Venezuela is Hugo Chavez’s daughter, Maria Gabriella, who’s worth $4.2B. Not bad for the daughter of the man who once declared “being rich is bad”.

But what I find more disturbing, is the admiration Chavez, his successor Maduro, and the country get from western left wing ideologues, including some from Canada.

People like Alberta NDP MLA Rod Loyola or perennial Federal NDP candidate and Toronto area activist Linda McQuaig who has penned a number of glowing articles praising Chavez and Naomi Klein, who shared an article on twitter after Chavez’s death describing Venezuela as “the most democratic country in the Western Hemisphere.”

It's bad south of the border too where America’s favourite socialist, Michael Moore, bragged about partying with Chavez back in 2009, talking about the socialist dictator like he’s a celebrity. Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, and many others round out the list of Hollywood celebrities who once looked at Venezuela through rose coloured glasses.

But have you noticed they’ve suddenly gone silent as the poster child of post-Soviet socialism begins to fail and the dream of a perfect Marxist utopia funded by the proceeds of state owned oil royalties, fades into the dust?

When so many men, women, and children in Venezuela are suffering, starving, and dying, these celebrities and political pundits won't do or say anything about it.

Four million barrels of oil sit in tankers, millions of people are suffering at the hands of failed socialism, and nobody seems to care anymore.

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commented 2017-03-09 17:40:36 -0500
So much for Hugo’s Bolivarian Revolucion . My friends have all managed to escape and work in other countries. as for Naomi Klein, she has never worked a real day in her life and thinks every dam built in the world was to take advantage of the poor.Class A fool.
commented 2017-01-29 17:13:53 -0500
A fitting solution would be to take R Nutley, Naomi Klein and that silly twat Linda McQuaig and relocate them by force to Venezuela where could live out the rest of their lives in peace and squalor. HAHA.
commented 2017-01-29 10:08:08 -0500
Dirk Kanis said, “Notley’s wet dream country, if she only could make Alberta the same.”

She is doing her damnedest. She has already crippled Alberta faster that Kathleen Wynne has crippled Ontario, so Notley is on the fast track for sure.

The most green vomit part is that the main stream media is down-right “peeing-their-pants-with-joy” in love with Notley and her merry band of criminals and destroyers.
commented 2017-01-28 10:13:17 -0500
Venezuela: (as the Rebel reports)
“Things are so bad, they have around 4M barrels of oil sitting in tankers anchored in the Caribbean Sea at this very moment but state owned PDVSA is unable to pay for hull cleaning, inspections, and other port services.”

Alberta “after” Butts, McKenna, Trudeau and Notley !
Things are so bad, Alberta has 166 bbl proven reserves of oil waiting to be extracted from the oil sands at this very moment but the State Environment Ministry and the State controlled NEB is delaying (blocking) the construction of tide water pipelines to ship Private investment Alberta oil sands bitumen.

See the commonality.
commented 2017-01-28 08:54:46 -0500
It was just applied wrong. Again.
commented 2017-01-28 08:03:53 -0500
“They were so busy eating up every last dirty word coming out of his mouth, they couldn’t see what was coming & now they are suffering for it.”

And that, YVETTE, is “The” problem. Chavez – along with turdo la doo, Wynne, McDinky, et al – are just symptoms of the real problem: mass stupidity, cowardice, and laziness.
commented 2017-01-28 07:50:55 -0500
Yvette Mozol commented
“Chavez cheated & robbed his people over & over again & held them in a trance for so long, they became paralyzed. They were so busy eating up every last dirty word coming out of his mouth, they couldn’t see what was coming & now they are suffering for it. It baffles me that these people kept getting poorer & poorer & still keep taking the crap thrown at them.”

You just described the sheeple of Canada that repeatedly vote Liberal.
commented 2017-01-28 02:22:38 -0500
I wonder when Andrew Stephenson will be along to claim this is all a misunderstanding and that the country is doing great.
commented 2017-01-28 02:21:40 -0500
Yvette Nozol you hit on a key point about fools who fall for communism, they seem to think that there are no elites in communism and that is just plain wrong as history has shown us again and again.
commented 2017-01-28 01:52:39 -0500
I still care as you do. I still regret passing over Rod Loyola at A&W a few months ago to save my family embarrassment
commented 2017-01-28 01:50:52 -0500
“Curious” about the masses of the leftie news media now ignoring the chaos in the streets when they were so eager to trot off and kiss Chavez’s butt in the past.. And Sean Penn – is he going to spend his next holiday there?… Simple question – but is anybody in the leftie news media going to answer that one?… Don’t hold your breath, because their socialist bent stupidity is hanging out there, unfortunately for the people of Venezuela, for all the world to see..
commented 2017-01-28 01:29:35 -0500
Chavez cheated & robbed his people over & over again & held them in a trance for so long, they became paralyzed. They were so busy eating up every last dirty word coming out of his mouth, they couldn’t see what was coming & now they are suffering for it. It baffles me that these people kept getting poorer & poorer & still keep taking the crap thrown at them.
BTW Naomi Klein must be brain dead to have made such a claim. Why don’t you give her a call Christopher & ask her what she thinks of democracy in Venezuela these days?
commented 2017-01-28 00:31:53 -0500
And this is exactly why Nutley must not win the next election.
commented 2017-01-27 19:37:44 -0500
Communism and socialism create societies where everyone is equal……equally miserable.
Winston Churchill
commented 2017-01-27 19:37:34 -0500
Notley’s wet dream country, if she only could make Alberta the same.
commented 2017-01-27 19:03:20 -0500
And of course the socialist twits will ignore this reality like always and say it was just a fluke. Seems like there are a lot of flukes like this.
commented 2017-01-27 19:00:44 -0500
I can still remember so many left wing idiots commenting that gas was so cheap there. I would say , go move there then. And of course even the left wing hypocrites knew better.
commented 2017-01-27 18:58:22 -0500
Bruce Clark right on the money, now the marxist left is ignoring this because they do not want to believe they will be in line waiting for a roll of toilet paper.
Jack Pallance i agree , the people who supported the socialist ruling class can eat dirt as their reward. They deserve this.
commented 2017-01-27 18:57:35 -0500
Super good one WILSON

I suspect the European Union and or China will be over there like a " savior " under their terms soon enough
commented 2017-01-27 16:23:12 -0500
On another note, its THIS kind of socialism that Turdidiot wants will kill us.
commented 2017-01-27 16:21:01 -0500
hmm, and ppl think Fidel was bad. At least his ppl are educated, and clean, and giving, and happy, and not starving, and, and ,and. My husband, who is from Cuba, adamantly states that Fidel loves!!! his people. He asked the ppl to make up their minds when the states demanded he give up his ideas. He asked the people what they wanted to do, and they cheered for him. Maybe not all, but that is normal. And as far as those “mansions” he stole??!! I seen them, they are not mansions. They are less than the some of the cottages ppl here have as second homes. And as far as “stealing” them? He asked those americans if they want to join or go home. And guess what? They went home. Some socialism works. THIS! doesn’t. Our new socialism in Canada, will never work.
commented 2017-01-27 16:16:21 -0500
I have a hard time feeling sorry for a people that lapped up and contributed to its anti-American propaganda.
commented 2017-01-27 14:26:51 -0500
The left/socialists will never admit when socialism fails … which it does every time and with the worst possible consequences to human lives.
commented 2017-01-27 14:14:33 -0500
Actually a diet of lawn clippings and dog turds would do hippo Moore some good.
commented 2017-01-27 14:09:40 -0500
I hope the NDP comrades off in Banff have a chance to view this together. A snapshot of Albertazuela’s future under their command, so to speak. One big difference though. Apparently there is still toilet paper in Banff. Keep preaching Loyola, and czarina Rachael.

Maybe Sean Penn could arrange a move to his socialist paradise. He could stop by and take his former virtue whore Madonna with him. Grab that fat pig Michael Moore and take him with you too. He could be your fat butler.
commented 2017-01-27 13:58:40 -0500
Bruce Clark They are Champaign socialists, they take take take and tell the masses to cut cut cut, Billions stolen and not a peep from them, Perhaps they should go and get into the que and tell al the people how lucky they are to be starving and not even able to get toilet paper. You are correct they sure are a silent bunch of socialist AHOLES
commented 2017-01-27 13:23:11 -0500
Just look how ashamed Moe Obama is for the division he brought to his country. Don’t hold your breath waiting, Shebel.
commented 2017-01-27 12:50:53 -0500
It is crazy. It is amazing how politicians can fuck up a Country. Right - Justin, Kathleen and Rachel . You should ALL be ashamed of your selves.
commented 2017-01-27 12:49:58 -0500
Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis seem very quiet about Venezuela of late. What happened to the Utopian Paradise described in The Leap Manifesto?