But words mean nothing. Action and the fruit that the tree bears are all that matters.
Here is a recent article about the State Run Venezuela's issues and woes:
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.”
Imagine there’s no money to keep up the sovereign bond payments, the only source of money to keep power plants going.
Welcome to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, a country with the fifth largest oil reserves in the world and absolutely broke. It’s a remarkable achievement for Chavismo. A just-wow moment. Socialism is useless at everything except for smashing things in record time. There it excels. It’s hard to imagine that as late as the 1980s Venezuela had the highest standard of living in Latin America. But then in 1960 Detroit was the richest city in the world in per capita income. Now it’s well … Detroit.
Here is a great video showing what it is like to shop in a Soviet era grocery store. I especially want you to notice how the groceries are carried out of the store: with reusable bags.
Anna Funder discusses living under Communism in East Germany:
This is a video of Ukrainian Famine survivors talking about their experiences. Stalin starved the Ukranians resulting in the death of millions:
Here is a video discussing the Famine during Communist Mao's Great Leap Forward. Tens of millions were starved.
Life in communist Cuba:
News item on Commnist run Venezuela food shortage: