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How’s Socialism Doing in Venezuela?

From Prager University

HOW’S SOCIALISM DOING
IN VENEZUELA?
DEBBIE D’SOUZA
Once there was a South American country with a promising future. It had a functioning
democracy, a rapidly developing economy, and a growing middle class. All the important
indicators, including education, health care, and foreign investment, were pointed in the right
direction.
It was far from perfect, but the mood was hopeful – and with good reason.
But now all that promise is gone. The country is a failed state, a hollowed-out shell of its
former self. Services like power and water are sporadic. The most basic consumer goods,
from bread to toilet paper, are in chronically short supply. Crime has skyrocketed. Freedom
of the press is almost non-existent. Democracy has been replaced by a virtual dictatorship.
The country is, I’m sorry to say, my beloved Venezuela, a place in which my family has deep
roots.
I can tell you what happened to it in one word: socialism.
In 1999, then-candidate for president Hugo Chavez promised to lead the people of Venezuela
to a socialist paradise. His theme was “Esperanza y Cambio” – “Hope and Change.” “Venezuela
is a nation of great wealth,” Chavez said, “but it’s being stolen from its citizens by the evil
capitalists and the evil corporations.” This wrong would be righted, he assured the voters, if
they elected him.
And they did. To their everlasting regret.
Chavez drew inspiration from his mentor, Fidel Castro. Like his mentor, he enjoyed giving
speeches – some that lasted as many as seven hours! He even gave himself his own weekly
television show where he would spontaneously break into song.
Here’s a rule: When your nation’s leader starts singing on national television, you’re in trouble.
Under Chavez, the government of Venezuela took over industry after industry. The government,
he assured everyone, would run these businesses better than private enterprise, and the profits
would be “shared” by the people. With great fanfare, he tore up contracts with multinational
oil and gas companies and demanded that they pay much higher royalties. When they refused,
he told them to leave. They did.
His image was burnished by Hollywood celebrities who flocked to see the great work he was doing – taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor. Progressive politicians from the
US and Europe also praised him lavishly.
Here’s another rule: When Hollywood celebrities visit your country to praise your leader,
you’re in trouble. When the leader sings on national television and is praised by Hollywood
celebrities, you’re doomed.
Socialism always works in the beginning, so people are fooled…in the beginning. It’s easy
for governments to confiscate money, but eventually there’s no more money to confiscate. In
the case of Venezuela, I mean that literally: People who could get money out of the country,
did. Many left the country altogether – nearly 2 million, according to Venezuelan sociologist
Tomás Páez. The wealth creators continued to create wealth, but they created it somewhere
else – Miami or Madrid and other places around the world.
When Chavez first ran for President in 1999, he said he would leave in two years if people
weren’t happy with him. But, like Castro, Chavez never had any intention of giving up power.
He died in office in 2013, replaced by his vice president, Nicolas Maduro. Maduro is Chavez
without the charisma or the voice.
The country is now a pariah, shunned by the world and isolated. It’s so bad that many
international airlines refuse to fly there. People stand in lines for hours just to get food.
Sometimes they walk away empty-handed. A recent survey found that 75 percent of Venezuelan
adults lost weight in 2016 – an average of 19 pounds. This national weight-loss program is
known cynically as “the Maduro diet.”
Still, Maduro holds onto power. Opposition leaders and journalists who report the truth are
jailed.
Venezuela is a cautionary tale.
Once a country goes down a socialist path, there’s no easy way back. And the longer a country
stays socialist, the harder it is to reform it. Venezuela has been socialist for two decades.
If you don’t think it can happen here, whether “here” is the United States or Europe or anywhere
else, you’re fooling yourself. When people get used to depending on the government – no
matter how poor they remain – that dependency is hard to break.
That’s why you should never buy the socialist lie. Socialism is a drug. And like a drug, it feels
great – at first. But eventually it will ruin your country.
Just like it ruined Venezuela.
I’m Debbie D’Souza for Prager University.

https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/hows-socialism-doing-venezuela

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