Socialism is inevitably transitioning from soft tyranny to increasingly hard tyranny in Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro now rules as a tyrant, without so much as a pretense of the consent of the governed. If we keep following along the same collectivist path, the pictures below represent what we have to look forward to.
The socialist government took control of the ferry service that runs between Puerto La Cruz and the main tourist destination in Venezuela, the island Margarita. Behold the result:
It sank at the pier for reasons unknown, but probably having to do with corruption and mismanagement. Former senior Maduro honcho Hebert Garcia Plaza has been exiled for buying used ferries that are supposed to be new.
One reason Venezuela was the richest country in South America prior to its misadventure in socialism is that it may have the world’s largest oil reserves. But the government seized control of the oil industry too. Behold the result:
Venezuelans are sitting on a lake of oil, yet there is very little gasoline. Of what little can be acquired, 80% is imported. Milton Friedman famously said that if you put Big Government in charge of the Sahara, in 5 years you would have a shortage of sand. He was right, as usual.
The ostensible purpose of socialism is to eliminate wealth inequalities. This is accomplished by isolating the ruling class from shortages, then reducing everyone else to a lowest common denominator of bare subsistence. Behold the results:
This lucky person has found some edible garbage. It is now the national cuisine:
The food crisis in the country has no end in sight, and local industrial production is only 40 percent of its installed capacity because of controls imposed on the economy.
The long lines to buy food have continued to grow, as well as the number of people who find themselves obliged to eat from the garbage.
They are not necessarily homeless. More and more working people, who do not have enough money to eat have done it out of necessity.
See more postcards from our socialist future at Pan Am Post.
On a tip from Torcer.