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Violence Over Food in Venezuela Continues As Maduro Looks to Dissolve Legislature in Response to Recall Referendum Attempt

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Some Venezuelans are reportedly raiding supermarkets and targeting food trucks as the food shortage, part of Venezuela's broader self-induced economic crisis, continues to get worse. Protests over the food situation continue, and some richer residents, according to the Washington Post, have taken to purchasing supermarket goods online from Miami. The government has also increased security at points across the Venezuelan food chain. "It's just cheese," one driver told the Post, at a warehouse from where the product is shipped that the Post described as looking like a garrison. "I've never seen anything like this before," the driver continued.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez as president after Chavez's death in 2013, is trying to use the Supreme Court, which his opponents say he controls, to shut down the opposition-led National Assembly. The opposition has collected more than a million signatures, which the National Electoral Council validated last week, in order to bring about a referendum that would remove Maduro from office.

A spokesperson for the Maduro government insists they will be charging opposition lawmakers with treason, breach of the constitution, and abuse of power. Venezuela's foreign left-wing apologists continue to attempt to downplay the severity of the crisis in Venezuela. At The Nation, Gabriel Hetland argued that mainstream media was "significantly exaggerated the severity of the crisis" in Venezuela, which was not, he argued, "in a state of cataclysmic collapse."

Juan Nagel of the Caracas Chronicles calls that the pendejos sin fronteras defense of the Maduro regime. "As the author says, there is looting, scarcity, inflation, rampant crime, but … c'mon, it's not that bad," Nagel writes of Hetland's argument. "Look on the bright side: as your kids cry themselves to sleep at night on an empty stomach, you can reassure them that at least we don't have neoliberalism!"

Maduro announced a 60-day "state of economic emergency" at the beginning of the year, which has been extended since. He declared another 60-day state of emergency in May, accusing the United States of trying to topple his government and destabilize its centrally-planned economy.

Hundreds of people have been arrested for food-related rioting and looting in the last month.

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  1. “…which was not, he argued, “in a state of cataclysmic collapse.””

    Well, for a commie hell-hole, I guess that’s about as good as it gets.

    1. “I’m not a serial killer.”

      1. She’s only a little bit pregnant.

  2. And the only ‘lesson’ learned will be, “The right men weren’t in charge”

    1. Speaking of South America…got back from my trip on Thursday. It was a blast, and my Portuguese was more than conversational by the end. Also, the girl turned out to be real (and hot), and not a Krieger hologram. My next step is hauling ass back out there to teach English on my 90 day tourist visa and maybe have a shotgun wedding in Rio de Janeiro. Everyone’s invited!

      1. Also, the girl turned out to be real (and hot)

        Duh, Brazil.

        1. Saggy butts and chunky legs. Sooooo hot.

          1. What Motel 6 brochure were you looking at?

            1. It’s a different standard beauty down there. Large asses and some extra meat on the bones, to put it mildly.

              1. Large asses and some extra meat on the bones, to put it mildly.

                The ideal standard of beauty, of course, is hips no wider than the waist, and just enough ass meat to cover the pelvic bone. Va-va-voom!

                1. I could post photos of what I mean about Brazilian women, but it could only be taken as anecdotal evidence. I could see how some guys with the right predilections would consider them hotties generally speaking, but I personally don’t see the big deal. The ideal tends to be closer to Kim Kardashian than Gisele Bundchen and I think the general perceived hottness of Brazilian women as a group is way overblown, particularly by those that have never strolled the beaches of Rio to see the Cult of the Fat Ass at it’s zenith.

              2. Brazil is a massive country with more than 200 million inhabitants. I definitely saw the full range of body types while I was there, from rail thin models in Leblon to phat-assed gurls in Tijuca. I’d say the thong-wearing beachgoing Brazilian is a bit of a stereotype, not that I don’t enjoy them just as much.

                1. Yeah, let’s generalize some more. Jeesus fucking Christ.

                  1. Yeah, let’s generalize some more. Jeesus fucking Christ.

                    What’s wrong with generalizing? Do you have any idea of how long it would take to discuss each female Brazilian individually? Your oh so profound objections aside, I find it interesting that it’s not generalizing to say “OMG Brazilian women are so hot” but it’s teh evil generalizing to say “Not really”.

                    1. Do you have any idea of how long it would take to discuss each female Brazilian individually?

                      If you’ve got the pix, I’ve got the time.

                2. THEM WHUTS LIV IN BRAZL BE NIGGERS AN NIGGERS IS FAT HURR HURR HURR

                3. Sorry, LD, but your personal experience of actual individual Brazilians doesn’t count for shit against the mandate imposed by certain internet dudes’ received wisdom re: Brazilian cultural preferences. Them’s the breaks. Enjoy your sag-assed chunky-legged miscegenated ladyfriend!

                  1. Sorry, LD, but your personal experience of actual individual Brazilians doesn’t count for shit

                    Right he’s the only one that has that.

                    the mandate imposed by certain internet dudes’ received wisdom

                    Mandate? Are you hyperventilating? Calm down.

                    Enjoy your sag-assed chunky-legged miscegenated ladyfriend!

                    You and Warty get so damn butt hurt when the topic of Brazilian beauties comes up. What species of retarded progressive social justice d-bag are you guys anyways? As soon as someone contravenes your entirely subjective opinions about standards of beauty, the hurt in your asshole grows so immense so fast that you don’t know what else to do than to accuse that person of racism. Pathetic.

                    1. Dude, you’re an idiot. Calm down, get off the internet, maybe do some coloring or something. Try not to eat the crayons this time – you may think it’s funny, but your mom is tired of cleaning all that colored wax out of your shitstained underoos.

                    2. Wow. Great stuff. Don’t you have a rape culture to protest or something?

                    3. Never mind his standard retardulbargle. That’s to be expected. Has the topic of Brazilian beauties ever come up before? And were DAT ASS pics posted?

                    4. Never mind his standard retardulbargle. That’s to be expected. Has the topic of Brazilian beauties ever come up before? And were DAT ASS pics posted?

                      Yeah. And you and your little cadre of closeted social justice d-bags got all bent out of shape and made accusations of racism, of course, when I disagreed that Brazilian women are the hottest group of women ever.

                    5. I don’t know what got into him. The halfway house must be out of cake today.

                    6. Oh I’m sorry, have I been othering you again?

                    7. I don’t know…I think my sarcasm detected blipped.

                4. Sorry, LD, but your personal experience of actual individual Brazilians doesn’t count for shit against the mandate imposed by certain internet dudes’ received wisdom re: Brazilian cultural preferences. Them’s the breaks. Enjoy your sag-assed chunky-legged miscegenated ladyfriend!

                  1. I saw “her” picture. Xe has a dick.

                    1. But, it’s like, you know, a lady dick.

                    2. Pink clit nozzle?

                    3. I hear she pees out her butt.

                    4. “IT MAKES A HISSING SOUND!”

              3. You say that like it’s a bad thing for a Latina or black woman to have a big butt.

                You can keep your skinny white beeyatches.

      2. So rather than a hologram, we can assume this “girl” is made from coconuts and banana leaves?

        1. Still would.

        2. “Coconuts”

          It’s the juice on the inside that counts.

            1. They don’t speak espanhol in those parts! (You can say “a? que nojo!”)

              1. You’re a good boy, Doyers. And if you haven’t knocked her up by Christmas, I’ll question your manhood.

                1. Isn’t that already implied by “shotgun wedding”?

                  1. I thought it just meant the wedding will have shitty beer to chug?

                2. I’ll question your manhood

                  Implied “again”

                3. I’ll question your manhood.

                  Go on….

                4. I’ll question your manhood

                  Isn’t that Warty’s area of expertise?

                  1. Man was I late to the station!

                  2. Warty asks the extraordinary question exclusively.

                    1. Doyers, you impressed her with your feats of strength before you penetrated her reproductive parts, yes?

                    2. Lugging in electronic goods purchased at non-Brazilian-import-tariff prices is a feat of strength, no?

                    3. Aye, I lifted her high above me shoulders and planted dat ass directly on me face.

                    4. Penetrated her reproductive parts? If you can reach her ovaries, it is one of two things, both of which are impressive.

                    5. Buttbabies are a real thing, Chippy.

                    6. Warty does not question manhood, he makes instantaneous judgment calls.

                      “If you squatted more, your testicles would drop.”

                    7. This one gets it.

                    8. Warty is so masculine that all other beings are female by comparison. His tears can instantaneously cure muscle atrophy, erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, and baldness. Too bad he never cries.

                    9. Warty impregnated all the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.

                    10. Warty is so masculine, he doesn’t even need women. All the other men are so feminine compared to him, they satisfy his sexual urges. Women would simply break, so he sticks to the more durable buttholes of so called men.

                    11. Hey, it’s not my fault that dudes train their butthole muscles. Bitches should step up their assgame.

      3. Everyone’s invited!

        And risk getting the Zika virus so all my sperms have small heads? I don’t think so!

      4. and maybe have a shotgun wedding in Rio de Janeiro

        Better get it in before the collapse Olympics.

        1. As long as I can buy Reais on the cheap still, I’m there.

          1. Were you able to run down a Caipirinha made with soju?

            1. I didn’t. But I did have some fantastic food and drinks at this bohemian bar in Ipanema, Bar Astor. I recommend it for any and all tourists. But not for regular Brazilians, too expensive. The prices keep the riff raff out.

            2. Sounds you had a great time. Good deal!

      5. We’re just happy you’re happy, Doyers. When you go back down there she’ll have your organ compatibility test results and be able to allocate your kidneys with maximum efficiency. You’re really being a mensch by keeping them fresh for her.

        1. It was certainly odd that she suddenly bought fava beans and a nice Chianti…

        2. +1 waking up in a bathtub full of ice.

          1. bathtub full of ice

            Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if typhus got him before organ loss did?

            1. He would need to make it back here…”Typhoid Doyers”

        3. DIBS ON ONE OF THOSE KIDNEYS. No, wait… both.

          1. Doyers can write a book about the joys of kidney donation and the free market.

            1. I gave one up….freely. I might have sold one back in my poorer days.

              1. I gave one up….freely.

                Well la-di-da. AT LEAST YOU HAD AN EXTRA ONE. You multi-kidneyed people make me sick.

                1. You multi-kidneyed people make me sick

                  I bet that second kidney is sour anyway, said the Fist.

                  1. Kidney Kulak!

            2. I’m not paying for his cheap-liquor-pickled kidneys. I just want them to show my transplant acquisition team what not to procure.

              1. Hey! Popov ain’t as cheap as it used to be!

              2. And then hang them from the rear view mirror? Wait, dibs on the testicles.

      6. Awesome! I was wondering when you’d get back. I’m in for a re-trip to Rio

        1. Yeah, definitely. The weather was kind of crappy most of the time. A lot of solidly overcast days with some drizzle. I really wanted to get my melanoma on at Ipanema beach. But at least I had the “favela experience.”
          *Looks at adrenaline junkies, nods*

        2. I’ve seen pics. She actually attractive, not just Reason.com commenter catfish hot.

          1. not just Reason.com commenter catfish

            You mean Riven?

            1. Yeah, I wasn’t the only one shocked when she turned out to be a 46-year-old diabetic dude living in Kentucky.

              1. Yes, imagine MY surprise. I kept hoping for the best, but when I saw the beard, I knew the evening would be going downhill from there.

                1. I just, I mean, what was that between the legs? It was like a puking seacucumber frozen in time. But, you know, still really angry.

                  1. Xe got you, too? Dude.

                    1. You guys should have stuck around a bit longer.

                      The folks who do never complain.

                    2. Oh, shit! She heard us! Run, Jew! Run!

                    3. GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY WAY, YOU BEETUS-CRIPPLED SLOWPOKE! XE’S CATCHING UP!!!!

                    4. It’s like this but imagine it’s Girl Hitler instead.

                    5. Well it would appear someone like’s their vidya gams.

                    6. Goddamn right. Too bad my PC is in shambles right meow. It’s consoles all the way down

          2. Hey, I am a statuesque catfish.

            1. *record screech

              Wait a minute. Is this Chipper Morning Wood dude a lady?

              1. Warty, did you just accuse me of not having a sense of humor? I’ll be outside.

                1. No, I was saying TITS OR GTFO

      7. /refreshes page continuously
        /sees no pics of girl’s anus
        /cocks head in confusion

        1. You don’t really understand how mating works, do you?

          1. Warty understands
            what he needs to understand
            All else is folly

          2. Betty: Well, it’s been awhile since we had a little cuddle.
            Yellowbeard Warty: I raped ya, if that’s what you mean.
            Betty: Okay. It was half-cuddle, half-rape.

          3. Mating is simple
            Woman, vagina, penis
            Anus when Flo comes

          4. Strength begets more strength
            You fail to understand this
            Lay down, spread your legs

        2. Once you look upon the Browneye, you become one with the analverse.

          1. I thought it was “If you stare into the Browneye, the Browneye stares into you”.

      8. Is Brazil, like, the most extroverted country on the face of the earth? It always seems that way from travel shows. Like you’d get thrown in jail for staying home on a Friday night.

        1. The saying is Portuguese(translated) is “the zuera never ends.” Zuera loosely means party, or just general fun times. But yes, staying home on a Friday night is just damn odd. And the night doesn’t even start until around midnight anyway.
          *runs out for R$5 caipirinhas in Lapa*

          1. In Portuguese* even…

          2. Yeah, just reading that makes me exhausted.

          3. I am suddenly understanding this Olympics fiasco

      9. Oh, and glad you had a good time, LD.

    2. And the only ‘lesson’ learned will be, “The right men weren’t in charge”

      While out of the other side of their mouth, they slander capitalism and free markets for the slightest deficiency, without regard for Top.Men, without even waiting for markets to correct problems as they have been for millenia.

      As much as I hate neocons, the Stupid Party, and self-labeled conservatives of all stripes for their own peculiar love of The State, they aren’t even close in mendacity to The Evil Party.

      1. As much as I hate neocons, the Stupid Party, and self-labeled conservatives of all stripes for their own peculiar love of The State, they aren’t even close in mendacity to The Evil Party.

        Agreed. Neocons hate our views on reducing big government and they really hate our views on social issues, but they’re also not the ones running the horrendous smear campaign that the proggies run against libertarians. They tell us outright what they hate about our positions.

        If there’s a lie coming out of someone’s mouth about what libertarians actually believe and want, it’s coming from the lips of a proggie virtually guaranteed. They lap it up and regurgitate it so much just to keep their fledglings in the nest, unable to think for themselves or see alternatives.

        1. I’ve been called all sorts of nasty things (by conservatives) for daring to suggest that the law enforcement profession really needs to address their lack of accountability if they want to build trust with the public.

        2. Generally agree, the Salon caricatures of libertarians are ridiculous lies whereas at least conservatives offer correct assessments of our positions before calling them idiotic.

          That said, conservatives are not uniform in this; I have witnessed some Trump fan on another site say (very classily of course) “there’s not a cunt hair’s difference between a libertarian and a liberal”. I suspect based on the rest of his intellectual oeuvre he wasn’t extolling the virtues of classical liberalism.

  3. Socialism. Like Walking Dead without the zombies.

    1. A chance to use this twice in one day: It isn’t real socialism.

      1. keeping that forever.

      2. No true socialist system would fail, starve its people, and descend into chaos.

    2. Democratically elected zombies.

      NEVER FORGET.

  4. No one needs food.

    1. Surely not in the quantity and variety those bourgeois pigs would have you believe.

    2. How many different types of gruel do you really need?

  5. A spokesperson for the Maduro government insists they will be charging opposition lawmakers with treason

    Treason accusations are the last refuge of a scoundrel.

    1. In Venezuela, they seem to be the first refuge.

      1. Only refuge.

    2. Does he want a civil war? Because that’s how you get a civil war.

      1. It’s the easiest way to get some of that CIA lucre.

  6. YES. YES. MORE ECON. MOOOORE.

    *changes pants*

    *smokes cigarette*

    1. It would be even better if it was Hot Veronique. “Oh yeah, baby, RUN those GDP trends! That’s it, faster!”

      1. If we get a McCloskey today, I might faint.

        1. These masturbation euphemisms are getting pretty abstract.

    2. MOOOORE.

      Michael Moore? Yes, ship him to Venezuela! He’ll finally get the political system he always wanted, and it makes for an excellent weight loss program to boot!

      1. Let them eat cake-eaters.

  7. Okay, which of you lot are the kulaks and which are the wreckers?

    1. What, is Cowboys and Indians too offensive a game now?

      1. I suppose when you played it, the cowboys and injuns working together to destabilize manifest destiny.

    2. *waves both hands*

      “Can’t it be both?”

  8. This is the natural endpoint for the political platform of Bernie Sanders. When he decries the variety of deodorants available, Venezuela’s system is his proposed alternative

    1. I don’t think he held up Venezuela up as his endgame. He prefers to use the People’s Fairy Dust Republic of Unicornia.

      1. They all do. Then they all end up as Venezuela, Cambodia, the Cultural Revolution, or some other disaster area.

      2. I thought his endgame was creating a country made up of 5 million educated white people sitting on a shit-ton of oil.

  9. In this environment, you need to make sure that your military personnel is very well-fed

    1. But at least you won’t have that evil inequality. Oh, wait….

    2. Aren’t they too busy stealing goats?

  10. How every conversation goes with a true believer in socialism:
    1. They claim Venezuela is a victim of falling oil prices and/or American imperialism
    2. You point out that no other oil dependent country is having these issues
    3. They say Venezuela isn’t really socialist, and it’s just become of incompetence of Maduro, then point to the Nordic utopia

    In fact, you can basically sum up all arguments on failed socialist states this way. The countless failures are all ignored as these people live in blissful ignorance pretend that the Nordic countries, all the same, of course, have achieved their utopia and vindicate them.

    1. Denmark is socialist. Venezuela isn’t. Yes, one person did say both of those things in the same conversation.

      1. That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.

    2. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. If the government is in the business of healthcare, schools, etc., things aren’t too bad (eg, Canada). If the government is in the business of major industries, it is typically a disaster (eg Venezuela).

      1. If the government is in the business of healthcare, schools, etc., things aren’t too bad

        [citation needed], friendo.

      2. When did 20% of the economy (healthcare) stop being a “major industry”?

      3. And that, friends, is the shining accomplishment of socialism.

        If its limited in scope it doesn’t fuck things up too bad.

      4. The healthcare part isn’t too bad if you can hop the boarder and go to the US when you need healthcare.

        Where would the Americans go.

        1. Is it irony if I say Venezuela? I imagine a dollar can just buy you a whole doctor there right now.

    3. Everytime I’m in an Ikea I marvel at that collective achievement of the Swedish people.

  11. The opposition has collected more than a million signatures, which the National Electoral Council validated last week, in order to bring about a referendum that would remove Maduro from office.

    Apparently, Venezuala is plagued by xenophobic old white guys too!

  12. VENEZUELA OUTPACING U.S. IN FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY

    1. At least they have free healthcare. –Eleanor Clift.

      1. Some Venezuelans are reportedly raiding supermarkets and targeting food trucks

        Apparently they have free food, too! If you can find it…

        1. I initially read that as “raping supermarkets,” almost certainly because Warty is upthread.

          1. Well, I don’t mean to defend you, because you are a subhuman, but it is rapine.

            1. You misspelled “abhuman.” [howls, scratches self]

        2. targeting food trucks

          The horror – Venezuela allows food trucks!

          /typical zoning board

      2. So did Neolithic Man.

  13. Nobody needs more than 23 types of food

        1. No one NEEDS 23 reiterations of the same joke, unless it’s about Bernie’s deodorant comment. That never gets old.

  14. Whoa, A.M. Links off the front page already! Articlestorm! Is the staff just trying to cram everything in early so they can take Friday off and enjoy a long weekend? Not that I’m complaining; it’s what I’m doing.

    Oh, and socialism sucks, Venezuela is example #435, and no, this isn’t going to stop the True Believers from trying to do the exact same thing in every country on the planet. Fuck socialism.

  15. At The Nation, Gabriel Hetland argued that mainstream media was “significantly exaggerated the severity of the crisis” in Venezuela, which was not, he argued, “in a state of cataclysmic collapse.”

    “You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” All in the same vein of Walter Duranty’s and the rest of the fellow travelers’ obfuscations and deceptions.

    You can bet your sweet patootie that assholes like Hetland and the rest of ’em will do an about face after the whole thing collapses inwards and tell us with a straight face that “It wasn’t true socialism, after all.”

    1. It’s not really a cataclysmic collapse, it’s going to be more of a nice, subdued implosion followed by about 20 years of SomaliaLibertopia.

    2. Wonder when was the last time Gabriel Hetland was actually THERE.

    3. You have to break a few legs to make soylent green.

  16. I blame Capitalism.

      1. Everybody expects the Capitalist Inquisition. Our chief weapon is 23 kinds of deodorant.

        1. Our chief weapon is 23 kinds of deodorant.

          If that’s your chief weapon, you’re doing capitalism wrong.

          1. I figured it was 23 different porn-sharing sites that are completely funded by advertising.

    1. Isn’t that just another word for “greed” ?

  17. Quite gripping. No one ever said economic equality was fun.

  18. The opposition has collected more than a million signatures, which the National Electoral Council validated last week, in order to bring about a referendum that would remove Maduro from office.

    I hate to say it, but it seems like guns are the only thing that is going to remove Maduro from power at this point.

    1. Starvation and poison are out? How about dysentery?

  19. Fuck Chavez. Fuck Maduro. And especially fuck every western idiot who idolizes the two of them and will go to every length to defend them.

    I live in basically the largest Venezuelan ex-pat community in the United States. Talk to them. Talk to them about what’s happening to their relatives still living in Venezuela. Go to a Venezuelan restaurant near here and talk to them about how wonderful people have it in Venezuela. I fucking dare you.

    1. In fact, I’ll leave that as an open invitation. AmSoc or anyone else, there’s a great Venezuelan restaurant near here. Make it there and I’ll treat you to some arepas or some asado negro. Just tell the old Venezuelan men there how great people have it in Venezuela.

      1. I would pay to watch that happen. You could wind up making money on this deal.

      2. Just tell the old Venezuelan men there how great people have it in Venezuela.

        Working on getting some special sauce in that meal?

        1. There’s a reason that angry little man doesn’t come around here anymore. The reason is because he is a cowardly punk-ass bitch.

          1. Oh he comes around. He was corpsefucking Ron Bailey’s article about the Attorney Generals for Clean Power and their attempts to suppress and harry competitors of their favored industry.

            He’s pretty much beclowned himself into utter irrelevance at this point. And, deliciously, he knows that he has reduced himself into the sort of worthless shill that anyone with an ounce of intellectual integrity views with loathing and contempt. He tries to be smug and holier than thou, but his lack of self worth shows in how he creeps into threads, posts a few mendacious comments that are almost instantly shredded, and creeps away from his humiliation.

            1. He’s just doing the Lord’s work in some of the toughest comment threads in America.

    2. Or better still, GO to Venezuela. If you can find an airline that will take you there. And try making it out of the airport into Caracas. I fucking DOUBLE dare you.

      1. Good times. Wonder if he feels the same way about Brexit.

        1. Oh, I’m such he’s balled his fists up real tight and gone all red in the face stamping his tiny little feet over the Brexit.

    3. Read the comments from the WaPo article…it’ll make you want to violate the NAP on some proggie asses(not really, you can’t violate the NAP on someone that has already initiated violence on humanity – communism/socialism/progessivism).

    4. On a climbing trip, my crew had a dipshit, white, wealthy, young SJW defending the miracles of Cuban Communism. I didn’t say anything as half the team was Polish and Romanian climbers that had grown up behind the iron curtain.

      1. Needless to say, they set her straight.

        1. Guessing that she’s still up there, somewhere?

  20. [Maduro] declared another 60-day state of emergency in May, accusing the United States of trying to topple his government and destabilize its centrally-planned economy.

    To be fair, he’s probably right about that.

    1. A professor of mine had done graduate work in Cuba, loved the people, hated the government, but folks had told him all of these ridiculous stories of Americans seeding clouds or dropping insects on Cuba to ruin their harvests and foment revolution. He thought they’d drank too much of the propaganda kool-aid and brushed them off. A few years later there’d been a FOIA about all the ridiculous attempts the CIA had made to destabilize Cuba and it turned out they were more right than wrong about it.

      1. I just assume we’re stirring shit up to a greater or lesser degree in every country that lets us in, unless proven otherwise.

        1. I would have assumed that recent U.S. governments were too busy trying to destabilize the U.S. economy, but what the hey.

        2. I would have assumed that recent U.S. governments were too busy trying to destabilize the U.S. economy, but what the hey.

          1. The Leviathan works double time, just like you.

          2. They’re not xenophobic, small-minded nationalists like you and me.

            They have a vision, a vision of the future where all people’s of the world are equally miserable and they’re working hard as hell to make it come true.

    2. Actually, I would be somewhat surprised to learn that the Obama administration was trying to overthrow a Latin American caudillo socialist.

      Why would they? Its not like they view socialism as a threat to the US. Hell, that’s their goal.

  21. Prog “arguments”

    1. The “right people” aren’t in charge
    2. It’s not “real” socialism (this one I don’t use very much, because I like to say “real libertarianism” hasn’t ever been attempted, either)
    3. The U.S. is undermining the system
    4. It’s not as bad as the media is portraying

    There is literally no way to convince one of these people that it’s the socialism itself that is causing these problems

    1. Re: #2

      When we get as close to real libertarianism as Venezuela is to real socialism, I am not going to nitpick it, I will be very happy.

    2. Yet when natural resources can be exploited, however inefficiently, to distribute some goods and services to the poor it only proves how truly glorious socialism is.

    3. Regarding number 2, you can concede the point and then say “Let’s compare countries that moved closer to full communism – USSR, Cuba, NK, Eastern Bloc, China (until fairly recently) and those that moved closer to Libertarianism – US, GBR, Western Europe, China (recently).

      China is the best example – goes follows Mao’s Red Book and you wind up with starvation, a billion oppressed people, environmental degradation, and millions of corpses. Moves a few steps towards free markets and sees rapid technological advancement, more freedom and prosperity. It’s not about a “third way”, it’s about which end of the spectrum of authoritarian control of markets vs. free markets you are on.

    4. I like to say “real libertarianism” hasn’t ever been attempted

      I’d say the brief period between the end of the Civil War (maybe Reconstruction) and the rise of Progressivism (perhaps the SCOTUS reversals allowing the New Deal) was pretty dang close to minarchist libertarianism.

  22. mainstream media was “significantly exaggerated the severity of the crisis” in Venezuela, which was not, he argued, “in a state of cataclysmic collapse.”

    “It’s just a bit of light turbulence,” said the stewardess as she buckled herself into her five point harness.

    1. “Don’t worry, it only LOOKS like the ground is above the plane – we’re not upside down or anything!” she said, between sobs.

  23. “Excuse me sir, this socialism you sold me seems to be broken. Can I return it and get something else?”

    1. “Sure. We have a great selection.”

      “There must be some mistake. There are only two options: Communism or Marxism.”

      “Yes. Got a problem with that?”

      1. Naw, naw, its resting. Remarkable economic system, socialism. Beautiful plumage.

      2. Needz moar “comrade”.

  24. Not socialism.

    Nope.

  25. Yeah, you need an armed guard to protect a truckload of cheese, but it’s not that bad.

    1. Look man – there’s a truckload of cheese and its more valuable than gold! These people have their priorities exactly where the Progressives think they should be. Next thing you know, they’ll be paying teachers more than sportsball players!

  26. they will be charging opposition lawmakers with treason, breach of the constitution, and abuse of power.

    According to joe, this is just what a democracy does.

  27. He declared another 60-day state of emergency in May, accusing the United States of trying to topple his government and destabilize its centrally-planned economy.

    Oh please. The US won’t get involved until the CIA sees a nation-building opportunity.

    1. I mean, I wouldn’t put it past the US government to have manipulated the fossil fuel markets over the past half decade to fuck with Chavez and his successors (also has the benefit of fucking with Putin). If true, this behind the scenes manipulation is working much better than that lame attempt to legitimize the anti-Chavez coup a decade ago.

      1. I see no way for the USG to manipulate the oil market. I really don’t.

  28. When the fuck did “neoliberalism” become the bad word of the year? I saw Sandernistas kvetching about how neoliberalism is ruining the world for most of the first half of this year, too. It’s an especially odd criticism from the left because the vast majority of people will likely associate the term with “liberalism” which is a synonym for “progressive”.

    I mean, yeah, there are reasonable critiques of neoliberalism just like with every other economic model (other than libertarianism which is, of course, perfect). But to call it the root of everything evil that’s happened over the past forty years is crazy. I mean, it is clearly socialism that isn’t going all that well in Venezuela.

    1. Ever since it was coined by Latin American Marxists as an epithet against Western Capitalism?

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  30. Juan Nagel of the Caracas Chronicles calls that the pendejos sin fronteras defense of the Maduro regime. “As the author says, there is looting, scarcity, inflation, rampant crime, but ? c’mon, it’s not that bad,” Nagel writes of Hetland’s argument. “Look on the bright side: as your kids cry themselves to sleep at night on an empty stomach, you can reassure them that at least we don’t have neoliberalism!”

    Ooh, sick burn!

    He [Maduro] declared another 60-day state of emergency in May, accusing the United States of trying to topple his government and destabilize its centrally-planned economy.

    Like we would need to do anything other than sit back and wait.

  31. *pops popcorn*

    No need to comment. Just enjoy.

  32. I think any article on Venezuela that doesn’t remind readers that Hugo Chavez’s daughter is,as of his death, the richest or very nearly richest person in the country (while everyone else starves) is sort of negligent. Socialism isn’t just a flawed ideology. It’s a con. Like all cons, its marks are the greedy, the lazy, the naive, and the desperate. Unlike other cons, it’s more successful at using them to screw everyone else too.

  33. It’s sad that so many people (bite, hook line and sink) could be so ignorant in believing that Hillary Clinton could be a better choice for President, yet being allowed to have access to nuclear codes. Mrs Clinton has demonstrated her lack for respect of our constitution, law and order, and the safety and security of our nation.

    Mrs Clinton has committed countless felonious crimes while Secretary of State, and yet she is given a “get out of jail free” card for her actions, and we the tax payers and citizens of this great nation are supposed to turn a blind eye to her and her cronies!

    I encourage all to see Hillary’s America, a great documentary providing detailed accounts and history of the Democratic Party.

    If we elect another Clinton into office, the freedoms our military and founding fathers have fought for will be gone!

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