Explosion at state-run Amuay refinery in Venezuela, nationalized in 1976

Barack Obama and his buddy Hugo Chavez

Barack Obama and his buddy Hugo Chavez

In the United States, we’ve been seeing some efforts by the Marxist Obama administration to nationalize the auto industry and health care, too. This is what communists favor as the alternative to the free-market system. It makes sense, then, to look at how well the nationalization of assets, especially those owned by private companies, works out in the real world.

Let’s see:

The: Creole Petroleum Corporation: was an American oil company, formed in 1920 to produce fields on: Lake Maracaibo,: Venezuela.[1]: The company was acquired by: Standard Oil of New Jerseyin 1928. Until 1951 Creole Petroleum was the world’s number one oil producer.[2]

In 1950, Creole opened its refinery at: Amuay.[3]: This is now a part of the: Paraguaná Refinery Complex.

The Venezuelan assets of Creole Petroleum Corporation were nationalized along with those of other foreign oil firms on January 1, 1976, becoming part of Lagoven, a Venezuelan government-owned operating company.[4]

And here is: the latest triumph of Marxist economics in Venezuela:

A huge explosion rocked: Venezuela’s biggest: oil refinery: early Saturday, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80 others in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country’s key oil industry.

Balls of fire rose over the: Amuay refinery, one of the largest in the world, in video posted on the Internet by people who were nearby at the time.

At least 86 people were injured, nine of them seriously,: Health Minister Eugenia Sader: said at a hospital where the wounded were taken. She said 77 people suffered light injuries and were released from the hospital.

Officials said those killed included a 10-year-old boy, but that most of the victims were National Guard troops stationed at the refinery.

Filthy capitalist dogs! Making money on the backs of the poor workers! Making them work in filthy, unsafe — oh, wait. When workers are left free to take their skills to a number of private employers, then those employers are pressured to provide them with better working conditions, wages and benefits. Otherwise the employees leave for better companies. The only problem is that it doesn’t work if all the industries are state-run monopolies. Then, you just get KA-BOOM!

All you have to do to understand economic systems is to compare capitalist Chile with communist Venezuela. One embraced free trade, private property, and the rule of law – and now that one is rich. The other one gets Chernobyl-like explosions.

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