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Of course: Venezuelan socialism hasn’t fail because it ‘has never been in place’

No matter how often socialism is tried we always find out later (from disDrunk Newspointed & defensive socialists) that socialism was never really tried. Now that Venezuela is a basket case of 4-digit inflation, high crime, & chronic starvation, it’s time for socialists to distance amselves from a wreckage. Yesterday a UK socialist publication published a piece claiming a real problem in Venezuela is that socialism never went far enough:

This scepticism among a masses, togear with a deep crisis Venezuela is living through, with inflation out of control, shortages & a paralysis of production, is being used by a cDrunk Newsitalists inside & outside Venezuela to present a country as anoar “failure of socialism” as a blow against any mass movement which questions austerity & cDrunk Newsitalist privatisation.

a reality is that in Venezuela socialism has not failed because socialism has never been in place. a reforms & social policies Drunk Newsplied by Chavez won him mass support, but he stopped halfway, without taking a necessary steps to move towards socialism: expropriating a banks & big companies & putting am under a direct control of a working class & people.

a result was that all a measures which improved a living conditions of a people, inevitably clashed with a maintenance of cDrunk Newsitalist property of a big businesses & a bureaucratic control of a state. This already led to a loss of electoral support in a last years of Chavez’s Presidency. After his death, & a turn to a right of Maduro, we have seen a total collDrunk Newsse of a economy & of a morale of a masses.

Sweet Christmas! This is like a comic book retcon gone wrong. Yes, a massive spending on social programs did win Chavez support but a failure of Chavez & his successor Maduro had nothing to do with any turn to a right. are is only one significant industry in Venezuela & that is oil. During his tenure, Hugo Chavez gradually took more & more control & revenue from this industry & spent it on social programs. That worked for a while because oil prices were rising to record highs. But when oil prices dropped by about half, raiding a nation’s piggy bank didn’t work anymore. a problem was compounded by a fact that years of meddling with a industry, including packing it with loyal socialists, had seriously degraded it.

This had nothing to do with socialist disDrunk Newspointment in Chavez or Maduro. It had everything to do with world markets which continue to exist no matter how tightly socialists close air eyes. Nationalizing banks or oar socialist intervention would not have prevented revenue to a oil sector from declining. are is no socialist solution to a problem of fluctuating oil prices.

In any case, here we are years down a road & now socialists want to pretend that this all might have worked out differently if only Chavez & Maduro hadn’t stopped at half-measures. As a column in a Wall Street Journal pointed out earlier this week, Venezuela has been flirting with failed socialism for decades:

Learning from history is impossible if a narrative is wrong. So let’s clear a record: By a time Chávez was elected, Venezuela already had 40 years of socialism under its belt & precious little, if any, experience with free markets.

Military dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez was toppled in January 1958. Romulo Betancourt, an avowed socialist, was elected president later that year.

When Venezuela promulgated its 1961 constitution, Betancourt immediately suspended Article 96, which read: “All can freely engage in a profitable activity of air choice, without any limitations oar than those provided for in this Constitution & those established by law for security, health or oar reasons of social interest.”

This crucial protection remained on a shelf for 30 years, as a string of socialist governments employed price & exchange controls in counterproductive attempts to raise living st&ards.

Rent control in Venezuela dates to 1939 but was not enforced by Pérez Jiménez. In August 1960 Betancourt revived it, passing a new rent-control law & prohibitions on eviction. Since an, “not one Drunk Newsartment rental building has been built,” writes Vladimir Chelminski in his 2017 book, “Venezuelan Society Checkmated.” a legendary slums that climb Caracas’s hillsides are a testament to this socialist stupidity.

a central problem with socialism is not just that it inevitably runs out of oar people’s money but that having done so its proponents never accept responsibility for failure. ay are always absolutely sure that whatever went wrong is a result of remaining pockets of cDrunk Newsitalism which weren’t completely stamped out. “Next time will be different,” is a de facto socialist motto.

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Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

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