by McGuire | June 22, 2016 10:17 pm
Via David Blount:
The triumph of Hugo Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution” meant that Venezuelans gave up their freedom in exchange for social justice. This is social justice:
Venezuela’s super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country’s economy collapses.
In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster, followed by a colourful selection of puddings.
Meanwhile, in the Petare slum a few miles away, home to 370,000 Venezuelans, ordinary middle-class people were rummaging in stinking piles of rubbish for rotten cabbage leaves, desiccated limes and scraps of fetid meat.
Have its victims learned anything from this adventure in oligarchical collectivism? Not all of them:
‘Those rich people are thieves. They are government cronies and they stole the country’s money,’ said Vanessa, 36, who earns £14 a month as an analyst at an electrics company.
‘They don’t want anything to change, or they would lose their high lifestyle.
‘Chávez pretended to be this big Socialist, but he was rich himself. He was a hypocrite. He was a f*****g liar. His legacy is people like me looking for food in the garbage.’
True enough, Venezuelans being reduced to burrowing in the garbage like rats is Chavez’s legacy. But blaming the rich for poverty is what allowed Chavez to rise to power. Even as he is denounced for having been rich himself (like all socialist rulers), it is implied that he was not a true socialist.
When the next collectivist demagogue starts shouting promises to loot the rich, the same people will fall for the same ploy, like Charlie Brown kicking at the football as Lucy snatches it away yet again.
Regarding the rich people guzzling champagne at the country club, you would think Chavez’s hand-picked successor Maduro would seize their wealth in the name of fighting income inequality, in line with his own rhetoric.
Behind the scenes, however, the Socialists and Boligarchs – so called because of the wealth they gained through their connections to the Bolivarian Socialist government – are often hand-in-glove.
A definition of social justice at Urban Dictionary helps explain:
A Utopian fantasy based on the Leninist concept of “equality of outcome.” It says that since you have more, it must be taken away from you to give to those who have less, so that you are both equal. …
In order for social justice to exist, there has to be a ruling class to mete out that social justice. If there is an elite ruling class, then there is no social justice. So the concept of social justice always collapses in upon itself. …
It is often used by power hungry despots to fool voters into surrendering their rights and liberties in exchange for promises of free stuff, while lining the pockets of the ruling class with the stolen wealth of the people.
Under socialism, government hypertrophy does not allow the creation of new wealth, so everyone is left to fight over an ever-shrinking pie. The poor don’t get their crumbs until government officials and their cronies have helped themselves to large slices.
On tips from RF and J. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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