Venezuela: End Stage Socialism



the eyes of Hugo Chavez looking over Caracas but now he's dead and the poor living there in the Barrios historically his political base have turned against the movement he created bread medicine toilet paper these are just some of the basic necessities Venezuelans are struggling to find the falling global oil prices have hit the country hard public services are disappearing one after the other American officials are warning the country is on the brink of collapse Venezuela is in a state of emergency right now its currency has been devalued 92% since the last two years alone the amount of hyperinflation here is actually just unbelievable you need a backpack full of money to buy a dinner venez wait a bit everything on the price of oil remaining high and with government revenue 95% dependent on it the plunge in oil has sent the economy reeling as a result GDP is predicted to contract five point eight percent in 2016 the third straight year of negative growth and Venezuela has the world's largest inflation rate of the IMF expecting it to reach 700 percent this year there were poverty reduction programs that were very much tied to political loyalty they were not set up to be sustainable it started with a theory a theory that capitalism is bad a theory that private property in a division of labor is bad one of the first things you go cheves did was seize the land he seized over a thousand industrial enterprises nationalizing them – he took over the energy grid he took over the production of oil which is today the only way that Venezuela generates revenue now that oil prices are down in the government did not have the provision to to save for rainy days now Venezuelans are left with nothing in a country that only produces oil that imports everything Venezuela could grow most of its own foods thanks to large expansion of fertile land but through the years most of its agriculture has been abandoned and other farms like this one have been expropriated by the government and production has collapsed the government has lost control of the situation last week you'll remember president Nicolas Maduro had to hike petrol prices by six thousand percent so with all this fears are growing that Venezuela soon won't be able to afford its debt repayment in fact bonds are already trading at levels that suggest a default is priced in Venezuelans in Caracas in the capital city we have a very tough time accessing basic necessities but the people in the interior of the country in the states and the province have it even worse and we're not just talking about medicine we're not just talking about basic things such as toilet paper we're talking about food and that's where the situation escalates lines down the block for just basic necessities lying down the blocks for public transportation that is insufficient you know and then a lot of people talk about the toilet paper with the government setting up a set price so poor people could afford a toilet paper even in the driving rain Venezuelans started their day in search of food expecting to see the usual grim queues that form at government stores not today the only stores with affordable food are shut closed for the national workers holiday the sign explains it says sorry and thank you people walked away empty-handed but full of dread wondering where their next meal might come from and here's the thing these people aren't allowed to come back tomorrow food is rationed here doled out according to the last number on your government ID Carlos Chirinos explains his turn is today his number is five Amir Creek so he's saying that just today and Wednesday can he buy things and because it's closed today he's out of luck the things that we have experienced the things that we have seen here in Venezuela are absolutely insane we went to the some of the restaurants and the all the prices on the menu are in paper and they like taped on to the menu because they have to change it every week and sometimes even more than that it's changing that fast is it's really like it's interesting and you brought up the gun-free zones that's the most interesting part to me is no one is allowed to have a gun and this is the murder capital of the world so we walk into the hotel at night because we're a little crazy as we're told by everyone don't go out and we went out there was no one anywhere it was like a ghost town and when we get back the security guard is hiding behind a door because he doesn't have a gun and the other tip bad people all have guns the the situation in Venezuela is dire and it is dire in many different ways socially politically as as well as economically as you can see we were middle-class people and now we're not even that anymore just look at the kitchen this is how we live now that we have no water now it's just arrived water and electricity are both being rationed officials say it's due to an ongoing drought but most Venezuelans believe these shortages are due to wider political instability everyone is feeling the pinch until last year working for jobs I earned about $300 a month this year working the same four jobs I only make $100 and this will keep diminishing as our currency devalues a frame is a trauma surgeon working in Caracas is public hospitals free health care was one of the foundations of the sharpest regime these are all the bandages we've got six little rolls and these here are made in China very poor quality tears your skin often we've seen food shortages medicine shortages now basic services electricity even water that is not reaching a big portion of Venezuela basic food supplies are being sold on the black market for 10 or 20 times the price supplied by the governments without the black market the country would crunch to a halt at the supermarket's the queues go down the street there is no even coffee if they can find sugar they take hot water with sugar in the morning and they try to eat once at 3 o'clock – to be able to sleep on to the next day this is a true country in collapse this is a hyperinflation and socialism reaching its ultimate end government officials say the state of emergency will allow better distribution of resources the state of emergency has little to do with the economic situation it's more to do with how a government that has lost all popular support how can they control a society when you start asking about the alternative explanations the government has given what they call an economic war or the aggression or the imperialist agenda it does not pole it does not even register with Venezuela's so it's all seen as excuses the criminality is brought on by the government as a way to control the people like we were driving by and our fixer showed us this huge huge building and he was like yeah this is a building a skyscraper that's being run by a criminal organization there's people squatting in there and this is where all the kidnapping happens but you walk around town and there's government-mandated sign saying gun-free zones everywhere you go and no smoking signs while there's massive incredible crime by some estimates there were nearly 4000 murders here last year you have all these are not only civilians in military and turistas in opposition you also have criminal gangs battling it out it's a recipe as we have seen in the Middle East for chaos the criminals here are running around just doing whatever they want kidnapping wherever they want murdering whoever they want with pure impunity meanwhile the government sends in their agents to every business to every private place to every public park to make sure that everyone has mandated signs that say no smoking no guns and you can't be racist the way things are going there might just be a revolt people are looting and there was looting even over the weekend right after this state of emergency was declared I've seen video footage and and they the people just taking into shopping malls and if military if the military files are fires on the people you'll see something akin to the Arab Spring Venezuelans have to place our fingers on fingerprint scanners in order to buy medicine and food but they tell us that there's controls over your ID number you can only buy on certain days you can only buy certain quantities of food so this all boils down to a model of political and economic control model that has decimated the economic apparatus that has decimated national production expropriating businesses expropriating the producers of food and basic means I have called for the armed forces and militia to hold national military exercises to prepare us for any scenario yes well his citizens are starving Maduro decided now would be a great time to spend money on the biggest military exercise in Venezuelan history the military has become the main bases the main pillar of the point of the telephone regime that is very important for everyone to know what we're seeing even though mr. Maduro is a civilian is basically a military government from my experiences here at this government here is run by criminals this is a criminal state when we ask the people yes the situation is bad now but how do you see the situation in the next 12 months the Venezuelans had answer over 62 percent of Venezuela's answer that it will get worse and over 60 percent of it as well as blamed the government directly for the crisis opinion poll suggests 70 percent of Venezuelans staying President Maduro should step down he recently suggested punishing business owners who've ceased operations by jailing them and seizing their factories by an idle factory will be a factory handed over to the people the opposition won the majority of seats in the National Assembly last December but since then nearly all of its decisions have been struck down by the Supreme Court so now almost 2 million people have signed the opposition's petition to force Maduro out of office the question right now to point out is that we all know that the present Maduro is not going to finish his term there is no way under the circumstances that chubby that Presley mother is going to finish he's not gonna go quietly as a matter of fact what we've seen since December of six elections were the opposition one of the National Assembly in a landslide victory is the whole state not only the executive power not only the president but also the Supreme Tribunal also the Armed Forces so seen ranks with the president in setting up obstacles to that political change that Venezuela's expressed as their will nosotros available okay puede pasar NATPE where is this country headed and can this crisis be resolved in a peaceful manner well I doubt it because all we have reached the peak of the tensions between the government and the opposition and that's why I don't think that is going to be a peaceful solution unless the government led the democratic mechanism like the recall referendum in order to – to try to bring some changes in the country so and I don't see because the government is trying to delay tore the process the democratic process in trying to use some force those people who do like Bernie Sanders come to Venezuela check it out




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  1. It’s sad even when a Bernie sander supporter watches this they well just say this is not democratic socialism and try to give me a really stupid conversation explaining everything said in this video

  2. The end of socialism it's the beginning of socialism for the United States and Europe if Democratic politicians continue to get their way think about what you're causing people of European ancestry if you continue to support your country party that are more like American version of social Democrats if United States do you want to travel the same path or strip power to your Democratic Party to ever regain a foothold and your government business

  3. How much of the pointless effort of protesting could be used to try and produce the resources that they need?

  4. The most recent history lesson of socialism, yet American socialist blame the failures of Venezuela was caused by capitalism, not socialism. Only propagandist ideologues and fools believe socialism is an option.

  5. Don't be naive, nothing is free. If you demand government for the things to be free, those things becomes nothing. Again, only "nothing" – is "free"!

  6. Talking heads,the power is in the hands of the poor."God" is with them.Yes,God!The God of the Bible.Ha! ha!.

  7. The problem here doesn't seem to be socialism as much as simple stupidity! The Venezuelan socialist government took over the nation's oil business and did basically nothing else! The leadership made the decision to abandon all serious farming in favor of importing food and everything else! This isn't just socialism! THIS IS GROSS STUPIDITY!

  8. That is just straight criminal. There is absolutely no reason for a humanitarian crisis when the government has the means to end all of this.

  9. This isn't a socialism experiment, this is a human experiment to see if they can take responsibility and stop depending on a government.

  10. Maybe be people should stop buying food and start growing food. In communism, it is kinda of like to force people to stop depending on the government then once people are producing it is supposed to give back the power to the people. The dictatorship supposedly will step down. But if people don't step up, and decide they can be productive, the government can't be blamed. It seems communism can't work because people love depending on the government.

  11. For all the good people that didnt know, because they were busy listening to USAs oil hungry propaganda, the Venezuelas president was democratically elected with 67,8% of votes in his favor.

  12. Why these stupid Yankees did not choose Bernie? They could already be enjoying the same in US, now free from evil capitalism!

  13. If America doesn't stay woke up it will decline into Berniezuela keep MAGA, November 2018 and 2020.

  14. Wasn’t John Oliver talking about how great Venezuela was when he was on the daily show 10 years ago?

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