If there’s anything to be learned from Bernie Sanders, it’s that him and his followers don’t actually know what socialism is. Defined, socialism is government ownership of the means of production: land, labor, and capital. While Bernie was truly the Santa Claus candidate, promising freebies to everyone (except those wretched millions and billionaires), his policies didn’t truly meet the dictionary definition of socialism. A more appropriate characterization of his policies would be capitalism with high taxes and a large welfare state.
Of course, that doesn’t mean his policies would’ve been OK then. According to the Tax Foundation, the taxes needed to fund his socialist spending spree would’ve killed 5.9 million jobs. By contrast, Trump’s tax plan would add 5.3 million according to their calculations.
While the policies of Sanders would’ve slammed the Government’s foot down on the gas pedal, sending us skyrocketing further down the road to hell (which we all know is paved with good intentions), Venezuela is giving us a case study in what the end of the road looks like. There’s an old joke “What did socialists use before candles? Electricity” – but that’s become reality in Venezuela, which is rationing electricity among chronic shortages. The country is running out of basic necessities like toilet paper, and, if you needed any more reason to oppose socialism, they’re out of beer too.
Now, among crisis, they’re bringing back slavery. Or as socialists call it, “forced labor.”
International human rights activists are complaining that new laws have introduced forced labour in Venezuela.
“A new decree establishing that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labor,” Amnesty International said in a statement released on Thursday.
President Nicolás Maduro signed a decree at the end of last week that gives powers to the labor ministry to order “all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” to join a government drive aimed at increasing food production.
They can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a 60-day period that can be extended for another 60 days “if the circumstances require it.”
Shortages of basic goods have become a normal part of life for most Venezuelans ever since the country was plunged into an economic crisis by the plummeting oil price. Food shortages have become particularly acute in recent months, accompanied by violent demonstrations and violent responses to these by the police.
Earlier this month, 120,000 desperate Venezuelans took advantage of a weekend’s temporary relaxation of border controls to flood into the Colombian city of Cúcuta to shop for basics. Local stores reportedly ran out of supplies in a few hours.
Antonio Pestana, chief of Venezuela’s farming association, told reporters last month that only 25 percent of agricultural land is actually being farmed.
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