Venezuela

Popular Progressive Policies Helped Ruin Venezuela. They Won't Work Here Either.

The idea that massive government spending, hate speech laws, and gun control will improve America—when they failed horribly elsewhere—is a dangerous myth.

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Democrats say President Joe Biden won "a strong mandate." His government can do all sorts of good things!

I don't believe he has a mandate, but thanks to the selfishness of former President Donald Trump, Democrats control Congress, and that may give them power to shove their worst ideas down our throats. Those include:

No. 1: Hate speech laws.

No. 2: Expanding the Supreme Court.

No. 3: Gun control.

No. 4: Spending much more.

Unfortunately, they don't seem to have noticed that these "reforms" were just tried in a country near us. My new video reveals how they worked out (spoiler alert: badly).

Venezuela became progressives' "it" country when Hugo Chavez became president.

Celebrities like Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, and Michael Moore showered him with praise. Sean Penn called him "one of the most important forces we've had on this planet."

"You have to be blind to believe that," responds Andres Guilarte of The Fund for American Studies.

Guilarte is one of many Venezuelans who risked his life to protest socialist rule. When the protests failed, he came to the United States as a refugee.

Today, protest is even riskier in Venezuela, because of progressive reform No. 1: the "Law Against Hatred."

Half of America's Democrats support that, says a YouGov poll.

They should rethink what they want, says Guilarte, because "the ruling party…[gets to decide] what hate speech is."

In Venezuela, critics of the government now face jail time.

No. 2: Some Democrats want to add four new justices to the Supreme Court. Sen. Ed Markey (D–Mass.) says the new justices would "restore balance" after years of Republican rule.

Chavez added justices to Venezuela's Supreme Court.

He "changed it from 20 people to 32 people," says Guilarte. After that, "the court never ruled against him." It let him shut down opposition media and confiscate 1,000 private businesses.

No. 3: American Democrats want gun control.

In Venezuela now, only the army, police, and certain favored groups may have guns. That made it even easier for officials to come to people's homes and take their property.

"You're just in your shop, selling shoes," explains Guilarte. "Some government officer arrives and says, 'We're going to shut down your business.' That would be completely different if that business owner had a gun."

"But the government would just come in with bigger guns," I suggest.

"If we had a culture like you have in the U.S.," Guilarte responds, "It would have been incredibly difficult."

Venezuela's gun control didn't even reduce crime. In fact, Venezuela's murder rate rose. Venezuela now has the third-highest murder rate in the world.

"These laws never work," says Guilarte. "Citizens don't have guns. But the criminals have bigger guns!"

No. 4: The most important lesson from Venezuela is the idea that governments can fund whatever they want to do simply by printing more money.

"The federal government can never run out of money," says Modern Monetary Theory economist Stephanie Kelton. She's convinced politicians that they can spend much more without worrying about inflation.

"Well, of course, John," replies Guilarte, sarcastically. "That's how the economy works. You just print money because money comes up from trees."

Venezuela printed money and won praise from progressives by spending some on programs they said would help the poor. But the poor and the middle class were crushed by the inflation that followed: 20 percent…then 100 percent…3,000 percent…40,000 percent! This destroyed Venezuela.

Inflation in America has risen to 5.4 percent. Bad, but of course, nothing close to what happened in Venezuela.

"Doesn't mean that it can't happen!" warns Guilarte.

That, unfortunately, is true.

"We were the richest economy in Latin America," he points out. "People from America came to Venezuela to build businesses."

Now the country is in shambles.

"Everything can fall to the ground really quickly," says Guilarte. "Inflation is like a cancer. You never know when it's going to hit you."

Let's learn from socialism's failures.

The idea that massive government spending and other progressive feel-good policies will help America, when these same ideas failed horribly elsewhere, is a dangerous myth.

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  1. Don't fuck with my hate speech.

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    3. Where would far left radicals be without their hate speech?

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  2. The one Venezuela story that caught me was how Chavez ruined their agriculture. They were a net exporter of food and Chavez instituted price controls on food to "help the poor". Prices were below production costs for the farmers, so the farmers just quit planting.

    Once the oil infrastructure crumbled (they took it away from people who knew how to run it and gave it to political cronies) and production started dropping they had trouble. Then when global oil prices dropped Venezuela couldn't afford to trade oil for imported goods and food became scarce. Along with everything else.

    It's like the second half of a fucking Ayn Rand novel there.

    1. Or the next two months here. Pilots walking out is only the start.

      1. This all goes away if we get rid of the democrats. Are they really worth all this misery?

        1. No more mean tweets!!

          That is what TRULY matters in life.

          Let's go Brandon!

    2. No. Haven't you read: The problem was that they were dependent on Oil, and the Oil cartels screwed them by pushing the price of oil down. This is what happens when you fail to embrace all of communism, including the sweet, sweet watermelony goodness of environmentalism.

      1. In their defense, yes. The cartels screwed them. I mean, several nations had their own other geopolitical reasons for keeping production high so Venezuela got caught up in it, and it did make it worse for poor, poor Venezuela. That was it.*

        *this of course ignores the trivial issues that Venezuela's production declined every year after industry nationalization and just pre-pandemic was 1/3 what it was pre-Chavez (it's half what it was in 2018 now). Or that there have been no new fields tapped in the largest reserve in the world. Or that it was so badly run that their own tankers can't even pass international inspections so they can't ship their own oil. Or that their oil-spending giveaways destroyed every other industry in their country, leaving them nothing else when they ran out of other people's stuff to loot. Dutch Disease writ large.

        But, yeah. I bet it was just from outside meddling that it went wrong this time. I bet we could do it better next time. Like, my diet didn't work this time because of too much sugar, so next time I'll use a little less ketchup on my french fries.

  3. How dare he attack Progressive policies! Doesn't he know Republicans are just as evil?!

  4. No. 4: Spending much more.

    You mean like Trump's $2.2 trillion Welfare and Handout and re-election slush fund CARES Act of 2020?

    That a GOP Senate approved?

    Yes, big spending progressives in either party suck.

    1. That was bad, especially when Dems used it as an opportunity to make 6 trillion the new annual baseline budget.

    2. No. 4: Spending much more.

      You mean when DEMOCRATS wrote, pushed, sponsored the Cares Act that President Trump ended up signing??

      Or did you mean the BIDEN'S American Rescue Plan Bill that passed and dumped out another $2T?
      https://keller.house.gov/media/in-the-news/real-cost-bidens-stimulus-plan

      Or maybe you're talking about DEMOCRATS new plan of another 3.5T???

      Or maybe Obama's ARRA Act that cost $1T????

      Out of all the things LEFTY-HACKS play ignorant about is their compulsive need to SPEND, SPEND, SPEND...

      1. You Trump Cultists can't admit he wanted that bill and even bragged that he wanted more money than Pelosi did.

        1. turd lies. It's all turd ever does. turd is a pathological liar, too stupid to realize he told the same lie minutes ago and too stupid to know the rest of us know he did.
          If turd posts numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such as to be worthless.
          turd lies; it what turd does.

        2. What's funny; Is Nazi-Cultists can't even admit their dog in the hot seat right now is pushing to TRIPPLE whatever curse-id amount they want the "Trump Cultists" to admit too....

          And it seems your self-proclaimed "Trump Cultists" isn't anything but a Nazi-Imagination as I have yet to see a SINGLE Trump supporter here say the Cares Act was a Good political move.

          You like ALL the lefty-pushers here only want to de-stain your imagined opponents. BECAUSE.... Democracy is all about selling off your individual souls to the [WE] foundation of gang-affiliation. The lefts entire premise is based on Gangs-Rule. And nothing is more apparent proof of that than you lefties here who NEVER accept any wrong on your chosen Gang-Affiliation.

          Yet 99% of the Trump supporters here will willfully admit Trumps error of not Vetoing the Cares Act but they're aren't going to go along with your Cultist mentality that everything Trump did was evil.

          1. i.e. The biggest talent of lefties is PROJECTING their own mentalities.

    3. turd lies. It's all turd ever does. turd is a pathological liar, too stupid to realize he told the same lie minutes ago and too stupid to know the rest of us know he did.
      If turd posts numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked such as to be worthless.
      turd lies; it what turd does.

    4. Didn't democrats want to spend even more? Aren't they trying to spend even more now? Just because Trump was bad doesn't mean the alternative isn't worse

      1. When you take away all of the Liberal lies and bullshit, what did Trump do that was so "bad"? Mean tweets?

  5. Comparing US progressive goals to Venezuela is dishonest. It is accurate to compare them to European counties , which seems to work pretty well. I still have not seen anyone argue why the US would be unable to do what European counties can do.

    1. The Euros don't believe in that MMT bullshit. Germany won't allow it. The ECB is well run.

      1. turd lies. It's all turd ever does. turd is a pathological liar, too stupid to realize he told the same lie minutes ago and too stupid to know the rest of us know he did.
        turd lies; it what turd does.

    2. I still have not seen anyone argue why the US would be unable to do what European counties can do.

      I'd say it's because the US government doesn't admit to making mistakes. The invariably response to screwing up is more men and more money. Europeans don't do that. They change course now and then when results don't match intentions. US government doesn't.

      So the reason the US is unable to do what Europeans do is that our government is populated by arrogant fucks who are drunk on hubris.

      1. So basic human psychology is different in the US?

        1. We probably could all do what the Europeans do, just as soon as we all agree to start acting in every way identically to Europeans.

          Good luck!

          1. ...including tax like them, but I'm sure that MG is against that, as are all progressives.

      2. Because the U.S. has agreed to provide military support to most of Europe after WW2. So European countries don't have to spend so much on defense, that leaves them with money to burn on social programs that still don't work. Take a history class, please.

        1. Compare our defense budget to what we already pay in social programs and your argument falls apart. Figures don't lie.

          1. Wrong comparison. Smack's argument requires comparing the US defense budget to the incremental costs of European social programs. Europe was able to afford those social programs in part because they didn't have to pay for their own defense. That weakens Molly's implication that the European model is scalable to the US.

            1. Correct. sarc is, once again, lying to promote his lefty agenda.

        2. Because the U.S. has agreed to provide military support to most of Europe after WW2. So European countries don't have to spend so much on defense, that leaves them with money to burn on social programs that still don't work. Take a history class, please.

          Look at some numbers, please. Military spending as a share of GDP is like a tenth of what governments spend on social welfare programs. The U.S. is at around ~3.5% of GDP with its defense budget (compared to the 2% requirement that Trump was telling NATO countries that they had to meet). On the other hand, government social welfare spending is around 18% of GDP in the U.S. compared to 15-30% for the rest of the OECD. (Add in private charity spending and how taxes affect the social welfare calculations and the U.S. comes out much higher, it should be noted.)

          Put simply, countries could double their military spending without having to cut social welfare spending much at all.

          1. Nice try, and for an innumerate lefty pile of shit, it's to be expected.
            Fuck off and die, asshole

    3. It’s totally fair to compare US progressive policies to Venezuelan policies and discovering overlap, as well as distinction from European policies.

    4. Yeah, England is a great example, and the one progressives want to emulate (if it's not the Denmark of 1990 from their imaginations, minus the recent Denmarkian misinformational policies on COVID). No freedom of speech, no right to bear arms, even sword canes and knives are banned or regulated.

      Maybe Australia, once a beacon freedom is the alternative? Brutal crackdowns on protests after nationwide disarmament.

    5. When Greece hit their financial crisis 4-5 years ago they went hat-in-hand to the EU to bail them out.

      The EU said no and told them about Austerity. Or they could go back to the drachma.

      They went the austerity route.

      1. They went with austerity half-assedly and it didn't work, so they asked for another bailout and got it. The reason they got the bailout is because Germany wants to keep Greece (and the other PIIGS) in the monetary union because it depresses the value of the Euro, thereby aiding the export sector of Germany's economy. Never mind that the PIIGS have no business being in a currency union with Germany and being in this union makes it much more difficult to balance their budgets because they are stuck with an overvalued currency relative to the strength of their economies. I really hate Germany.

      2. They should have gone back to the drachma. Getting in bed with the EU was a disaster for them.

      3. turd lies. It's all turd ever does. turd is a pathological liar, too stupid to realize he told the same lie minutes ago and too stupid to know the rest of us know he did.
        turd lies; it what turd does.

    6. Real socialism hasn’t been tried!
      Molygoddammitiamdumb

    7. I still have not seen anyone argue why the US would be unable to do what European counties can do.

      There are two approaches to socialism. The European style accepts that choices include costs which encourages incremental change with manageable goals. Alternatively the third world model emphasizes demonization insisting there are no costs except to the scapegoats which encourages sweeping changes based on utopian wishcasting.

      American and Venezuelan socialists chose the third world model.

    8. WTF are you doing in the USA???????????????????

      MOVE to Europe.... Why are you trying to DESTROY the USA and make it Europe??? What's the Point???? Surely a plane ticket is much easier to obtain than destroying a whole nation build upon Individual Liberty and Justice...

      F-YOU treasonous traitors trying to over-take the USA with your POWER-trips and B.S. propaganda. MOVE your sorry *sses OUT of here and go be PART of the countries you idolize.

    9. What I find interesting about Molly is her eternal claim she has never seen this question answered despite the fact that it is answered every time she posts it (which seems like roughly 50 times now). Sometimes I suspect left wingers aren't really interested in answers, they just push their propaganda.

      1. "Sometimes I suspect left wingers aren't really interested in answers, they just push their propaganda."

        Well that's a given, but then she's probably a bot, and that is what bots do.

        1. She's an NPC. Don't insult bots like that.

          1. Not Presently Conscience?

    10. This is terribly dishonest. "Progressivism" is not remotely "just like Europe".

    11. Well, TX passed an abortion law dramatically closer to European law than abortion laws have been since Roe and the Left did not seem fond of it.

      And, well, Europeans don't really have free speech. At all. Nor any freedoms government has any real need to honor.

      We also would not have us to protect ourselves.

      1. Well, TX passed an abortion law dramatically closer to European law than abortion laws have been since Roe and the Left did not seem fond of it.

        Really? What European countries restrict abortion before 12 weeks? Maybe that is your calculation here. Roe and Casey>/i> put it at ~24 weeks, and any European countries that restrict it to 12 weeks would mean that 6 weeks is closer to 12 than 24 is! Of course, 24 would be closer to 16 than 6 is, so any countries that put it at 16 weeks or later would be closer to Roe than the Texas law is.

        Of course, never mind that 6 weeks is actually 6 weeks gestation, where week 1 wouldn't even have a fertilized egg in existence yet, since gestational age is measured since the woman's last menstruation. (Ovulation typically takes place about 2 weeks after that.) The likely scenario is that conception occurred 4 weeks before that 6-week gestational age. And also ignore that the 6 week gestational age is only 2 weeks after a missed period, which is the soonest a woman could reliably find out that she was pregnant if she was expecting to need to check. If she was not expecting to need to check, then she might not have even suspected that she was pregnant at 6 weeks, since menstruation isn't always exactly a one month cycle.

        Also, I don't think many European countries (if any) regulate abortion clinics with TRAP laws like many red states do in an effort to simply keep as few of them open as possible. So, what is your point again?

    12. "Comparing US progressive goals to Venezuela is dishonest. "

      You are right, it's totally unfair to...Venezuela.

  6. Insanity Socialism is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/66890686@N02/32853653587/in/dateposted-public/

  7. I was thinking about how Venezuela's dictator Maduro is relfected in the left's political class here in the states.

    A few years back, when giving a televised speech about the food shortages and hunger issues gripping Venezuela, Maduro stopped mid-speech to have a snack. The message? "Fuck you, there's nothing you can do about it."

    Every time you see politicians flouting their mandates, or ignoring their duties, or that moron AOC wearing a $100K dress, they're saying the same thing.

    1. I was thinking about how Venezuela's dictator Maduro is relfected in the left's political class here in the states.

      Maybe what you should think about is how these Latin American caudillos get and hold power in the first place. That might bring up some uncomfortable comparisons for you.

      1. No, it simply means a slimy pile of lefty shit is attempting a diversion.
        Fuck off and die, asshole.

  8. Stossel is such a shithead. While "popular progressive policies" are, as he points out, untenable, let's not forget that with the crippling sanctions the USA has on them; it is like standing on someone's throat and pointing out they can't breathe.

    And then we have the nerve to pick their president for them, a US think-tank PoS who 80% of Venezuelans had never heard of before we tried to appoint him.

    Add to that Britain's refusal to repatriate their gold reserves, and letting the Kochs not pay for the oil they already received, and the whole thing smacks of the CIA playbook.

    Fuck you John Stossel, and fuck the Koch family also.

    1. I dunno. If Socialism is so great why aren't we suffering under Venezuela's superiority? You must know the government there would squander everything and anything it gets it's hands on.

  9. Mr. Stossel, but it won’t stop them from trying! They’ll get it right this time!!

  10. I wonder why articles like this always cite Venezuela?

    Why not cite Western Europe?

    Oh, I know, because Western Europe has implemented, overall (nothing is perfect), VERY SUCCESSFUL progressive policies.

    1. A. No, they have not instituted the same policies.
      B. No, they were not "very successful".

    2. Since we at their national defense and the median income in Western Europe is about the same as Mississippi, why is it a success? Is Frances massive youth unemployment rate a success? How about their taxes? Very regressive by us stds.

      These countries can’t even defend themselves and you tout that as a success.

      1. Communism is progressive
        Fascism is progressive
        Nazism is progressive

    3. "Why not cite Western Europe?"

      Why don't you pick somebody who pays for their own defense?

    4. Mass protests in Italy and Romania. France and Spain too I believe. Border clash at Poland-Belarus regarding Poland not wanting to take in the refugees that western European nations want eastern Europe to take. Austria had been expelling all Afghan refugees. Central Europe won’t be able to heat themselves this winter. Britain’s petrol pumps were bone dry. British parliament member assassinated by radical Muslim. Norway succumbs to failing to implement common sense bow and arrow control. Europe is doing great!

      1. Those refugees are almost all coming from places recently - and not so recently - raped by Uncle Scam, the sLimeys and the French. Either militarily or "diplomatically" in service to major trans-national corporations including energy giants. The refugees fleeing Central and South America to the USA are also fleeing decades of (often brutal) US-backed regimes or their elected leaders have been couped, sabotaged, and sanctioned to the point that the country is choked off from the outside world. See: SWIFT.

        1. "Those refugees are almost all coming from places recently - and not so recently - raped by Uncle Scam, the sLimeys and the French.."

          Are you paid to lie, or are you simply one more steaming pile of lefty shit?

    5. If by successful you mean making everyone poorer then maybe. I've long suspected and am becoming convinced that that is the real goal. Except for the Elite, of course, who'll be running things.

  11. Looks like Guilarte had as much luck at saving Venezuela from the Nazi's (Democratic National Socialists) as USA Patriots are having here.

    Because; nothing motivates criminals to STEAL more with GUNS than getting away with it. And Gov-Guns are the only GUNS guaranteed an easy get-away.

    Most all Democrats and many RINO'S are criminals. Seems there are very few left with any sense of VERY BASIC principles. If you didn't *EARN* it; you're STEALING it. It's as simple as that.

    And when everyone becomes Gun-toting criminals the only thing that will be left of the USA is endless Gun-Battles and millions dead.

    So; Stop being STUPID! I don't want to starve to death and get shot because YOUR too lazy and stupid to acknowledge a little bit of principle.

    1. They want to appropriate whatever you own and to make you their slave. That is their principle. And no amount of suffering by the American people will deter them.

  12. Of course they will work. They will work to make everyone poor and starve millions to death.

    1. The green new deal in action.

  13. Meanwhile, the exact same dickbags who a couple of years ago were proclaiming that there was no risk of inflation and there never ever would be either are now saying "don't believe what your lying eyes seem to be telling you: everything in America is going really spectacularly well."

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/bidenomics-is-working/ar-AAQ0MwM

  14. Your fundamental mistake here is confusing pretext and goal.

    The policies worked just fine in Venezuela, and they'll work just fine here. The destruction is the goal.

    It's easier to rule over ruins, and it's not like the guys at the top are going to be suffering.

  15. Wow, my comment got deleted? Really?

    Call progtards eighty flavors of profane stupid and no problem, but watch out if you share a anecdote about progs complaining the taxes and bonds they vote for price then out... Blammo.

    So here: fuck Joe Biden and all the other socialist shitstains who haven't figured out their BS doesn't work with real people involved.

  16. Stossel isn’t always this ridiculous, but he has completely gone into the common trap of the excluded middle here.

    “Democrats want things to my left, therefore what they want will inevitably lead to the disaster that is extreme leftist country X!” “And that a few dumb left-loving celebrities liked that country back before it turned into a complete mess is proof that the same thing would happen here if they get their way with policies far short of anything that country implemented!” “Never mind the Western countries that have policies to my left that do well, we must hold the line exactly where I am on the political spectrum!”

    1. You.
      Are.
      Still.
      Full.
      Of.
      Shit.

    2. "Never mind the Western countries that have policies to my left that do well"

      I have said it before, your obsession with Europe is an indicator you never lived there. "Doing well", that applies to the countries, yeah, the state. Not the people. They barely have a concept of personal freedom and often aren't even aware of how acidic their mentality is. European country governments as well as the EU parliament don't have to worry about anything when they do things like this:

      https://www.euronews.com/next/2021/07/21/eu-will-make-bitcoin-traceable-and-ban-anonymous-crypto-wallets-in-anti-money-laundering-d

      Move to a sufficiently restrictive country for you instead of trying to change the one that isn't as restrictive, which is preferable to 100s of millions, so it should exist as well. And by the way, you won't change that. It's not a coincidence we are flooded with immigration applications.

    3. Case in point because of my link to Euronews: Everytime I open a European website I roll my eyes when I get a paragraph-ridden, paranoid screen overlay that asks me for permission to store cookies. Thats what the internet has to put up with over there.

      Ever try to watch a German youtube channel? Those poor critters are required to copy their entire business information into the about of their channels, including a traceable address. Otherwise Daddy government is gonna spank them.

      Sorry, but the countries you praise are just gross to me.

      1. Wow. So you're all for the surveillance state. Just as long as it's corporate (for now) and not government (yet). The Europeans are right on that one.

        1. Wow. So you can't read!

    4. LOL. Man you liebertarians are sure blind to the actions of Uncle Scam and the FIRE / MIC sectors on Venezuela. Do you REALLY think they'd be in anywhere near this bad shape without the crippling sanctions and decades of assassination and coup attempts?

      Blah blah yeah we know - they mismanaged the economy by putting all the eggs in the oil basket. Didn't see to hurt the Nordic countries. Oh, maybe that's because they're letting the Yankees put bases there and they buy American military equipment. While slowly allowing their socialized institutions that worked so well to be eroded by global private finance/capital. Funny how only the socialist countries we sanction and coup are the ones the "leftist" corporate media tells us are shit holes.

  17. Stossel is a moron as usual and he was "clever" enough to invoke Venezuela in the tag line because the corporate media, of which he has always been a part, is playing along with the brutal sanctions on that country. If socialism is doomed to failure, then why can't Uncle Scam and the oligarchs who own the media and MIC just let it fail on its own? Why are sanctions, coups, color revolutions and other means of sabotage always used? Geez, you'd think they'd learned their lesson with Cuba, but as we speak, the warmongers and "intelligence" community is plotting a color revolution there.

    1. You.
      Are.
      Full.
      Of.
      Shit.
      Fuck off and die, slaver.

  18. "I don't believe he has a mandate, but thanks to the selfishness of former President Donald Trump, Democrats control Congress.."

    If this is the way the supposed conservative/libertarian media (other outlets like the Journal do this constantly as well) interprets events it's just another tailwind toward permanent one party Democrat communist control.

    If any conservative or libertarian candidate has any doubts about how the *government* and its political hacks ran the 2020 election or, I suspect the 2022 election which will likely include the same "pandemic" measures, their "selfishness" will be diagnosed by the non-communist media as the responsible for what the Democrats have planned for you.

  19. Since when did socialist become progressive. All along we have been calling Venezuelan government socialist and authoritarian. The reason some in government started calling themselves progressive is because socialist is a bad word here.

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