Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Chicken for diapers: Bartering abounds in scarcity-stricken Venezuela

The end of a civilization.  That's what Communism and Socialism are.  And as much as I like to think that the USA is better than Venezuela, we are watching our future unfold before our very eyes.

When a country's currency dies, there is nothing left but barter, because there is no portable form of value that can be transferred from one person to another.  The good news is bartering is a lot more high tech than it used to be.
More than 14,000 people are following the Twitter handle @spvzla where medicine is traded and bartered. The Facebook page “Trueque Anti-Bachaqueros Caracas” — another popular swapping site — has more than 10,300 members. And the image sharing site Instagram has become the go-to place to find baby items. The page Mamaenapuros, or “Mom in a Jam,” for example, has more than 22,000 followers.
 I just can't understand why it takes this sort of desperation and desperate situation for people to realize that they can not rely on governments to take care of them.

As a result, while the nation boasts the world’s largest oil reserves, it’s having trouble keeping aspirin and car batteries on the shelves.

That has soured the national mood, and the majority of polls predict the opposition will win control of the National Assembly for the fist time in more than 15 years.
My only prayer is that the people of Venzuela finally learn not to trust government to do the right thing.  If anything, the bout with bartering will teach the people that, yes, they can do it without the need for the heavy hand of government to control their own affairs.

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