How Socialism Works Out in Venezuela

From the New York Times


The why is just as important as the what because the why is the cause for the what. Hillary Clinton’s famous words on the Benghazi debacle said before the Senate and House Committee on Foreign Affairs was this: “With all due respect, the fact is, we had four dead Americans! Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” The why didn’t matter because for Clinton it had nothing to do with the what, the attack on our compound killing four American citizens and the Ambassador to Syria.

The New York Time, in doing an expose on Venezuela has correctly written these things:

Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world. But in the last three years its economy has collapsed.

Hunger has gripped the nation for years. Now, it’s killing children.

The Venezuelan government knows, but won’t admit it.

Venezuela has been shuddering since its economy began to collapse in 2014. Riots and protests over the lack of affordable food, excruciating long lines for basic provisions, soldiers posted outside bakeries and angry crowds ransacking grocery stores have rattled cities, providing a telling, public display of the depths of the crisis.

But deaths from malnutrition have remained a closely guarded secret by the Venezuelan government. In a five-month investigation by The New York Times, doctors at 21 public hospitals in 17 states across the country said that their emergency rooms were being overwhelmed by children with severe malnutrition — a condition they had rarely encountered before the economic crisis began.

A recent report by the United Nations and the Pan American Health Organization found that 1.3 million people who used to be able to feed themselves in Venezuela have had difficulty doing so since the economic crisis began three years ago.

In a very long article with gruesome pictures at the end we read this from the NYT:

The Venezuelan government has used food to keep the Socialists in power, critics say. Before recent elections, people living in government housing projects said they were visited by representatives of their local Socialist community councils — the government-aligned groups that organize the delivery of boxes of cheap food — and threatened with being cut off if they did not vote for the government.

Where given disturbing images of the what (very important), almost nothing about the why that caused the what. “Economic” trouble the NYT writes. But why economic troubles? Could they have been prevented? Could they be changed today to change the what? The New York Times article can be read HERE.

Jarrett Stepman writing in The Daily Signal: “The New York Times Left Socialism’s Role Out of Its Report on Venezuela’s Devastation,” writes:

“As Heritage’s Latin American policy analyst, Ana Quintana, noted in The Hill, Venezuela’s leaders have managed to secure for themselves absolute power and wealth through repressive government actions and turning their country into a criminal enterprise.”

Stepman gives us a clear why to the Venezuelan crisis: socialism. Why would the NYT with the exception of onw small paragraph leave this, the why, out of their expose? Because the idea of socialism is attractive to American millennials and our traditional media has sold out to progressivism, socialism with a different name.

Stepman concludes his commentary with this:

“Perhaps this should be a sobering wake-up call to millennials who in worryingly large numbers say they’d rather live under socialism or communism rather than capitalism.

“Socialism’s failures in the last century should be enough to disabuse Americans of any notion that this broken political philosophy, which runs counter to human nature, is in any way the answer to our problems.”

You can read his words HERE.