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February 14, 2014

Think of not being able to buy soap, rice or toilet paper or order a cup of coffee,

where even the rich are feeling poor.
“In the serene private clubs of Caracas, there is no milk, and the hiss of the cappuccino machine has fallen silent. In the slums, the lights go out every few days, or the water stops running. In the grocery stores, both state-run shops and expensive delicatessens, customers barter information: I saw soap here, that store has rice today. The oil engineers have emigrated to Calgary, the soap opera stars fled to Mexico and Colombia. And in the beauty parlours of this nation obsessed with elaborate grooming, women both rich and poor have cut back to just one blow-dry or manicure each week.” Belmont Club » Postmortem

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 14, 2014 1:54 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The inevitable result of Communism in action. Every single time.

This is the thing that the left just cannot seem to grasp. Capitalism leads to some inequalities and unfairness, it does have want and poverty in some areas and it will usually cause a cycle of boom and bust.

But that's better than a tepid middle that collapses into misery for all in short order, leaving them far worse than they were before the left took over. At least in capitalism you have hope and the overall economy raises everyone up so the poor are better off than without it.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 14, 2014 3:19 PM

People getting the govt they deserve. But I'm ok with the telenovela babes leaving for Mexico. Especially Xemira Dunque. Hot Hot Hot babe.

Posted by: Glenn at February 14, 2014 3:28 PM

One of these moments, eh?

Enfin je me rappelai le pis-aller d’une grande princesse à qui l’on disait que les paysans n’avaient pas de pain, et qui répondit : Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.

Finally I recalled the stopgap solution of a great princess who was told that the peasants had no bread, and who responded: 'Let them eat brioche.' — Rousseau

Ah, the susurrous clicking of Madame Defarge's knitting needles and the sibilant sound of the guillotine blade in its descent.

Posted by: chasmatic at February 15, 2014 6:47 AM

As P.J. O'Rourke wrote over 20 years ago, "Cuban cigars are rationed in Havana, you can't get good Chinese takeout in Beijing, and that tells you all you need to know about socialism". The premise still holds.

Posted by: waltj at February 15, 2014 7:48 AM

As P.J. O'Rourke wrote over 20 years ago, "Cuban cigars are rationed in Havana, you can't get good Chinese takeout in Beijing, and that tells you all you need to know about socialism". The premise still holds.

Posted by: waltj at February 15, 2014 7:51 AM

What they are experiencing now is the very 'text book' definition of Socialist Utopia. It only works if enforced at the point of the bayonet. And then only barely.

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