Death toll mounts in deteriorating Socialist utopia

posted at 3:21 pm on February 24, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Protests against the rule of self-proclaimed Chavez successor (as he likes to constantly remind everyone) Nicolas Maduro have been raging in Venezuela for going on two weeks now, and the death toll from the violence is up to at least twelve. In the capital city of Caracas, the protesters have started setting up barricades around the city while Maduro is still encouraging government paramilitaries on motorcycles to help him fight the “Fascist coup d’etat” being “waged by the extreme right,” or something, via Reuters:

Anti-government demonstrators set up barricades and started fires in Venezuela’s capital on Monday despite calls from within the opposition to rein in protests in which at least 12 people have died in the OPEC nation.

Traffic slowed to a crawl around Caracas, and many people stayed at home, as protesters burned trash and piled debris along main avenues a day after opposition leader Henrique Capriles called on them to keep demonstrations peaceful. …

Capriles, 41, was invited to meet Maduro in the afternoon as part of a gathering of mayors and governors that could open up communications between the two sides but may not be able to stem the nearly two weeks of street violence. …

They also want Maduro to disarm pro-government gangs and address national issues ranging from crime to shortages of basic products. Hardline student protesters, though, are demanding that Maduro step down, less than a year into his term.

But forget the country’s rampant murder rate, drastic inflation rate, and mass shortages of even the most goods like flour and toilet paper: All this trouble is clearly emanating from those conspiratorial fascists in Washington, D.C. determined to overthrow Maduro for their own mysterious ends. Horrible American capitalist-imperialists like, oh, you know — Marco Rubio. Obviously. Via the Daily Caller:

The American media didn’t notice, but the same day Sen. Marco Rubio condemned “Nicolás Maduro and his thugs,” the Venezuelan president publicly ranted about the Florida senator, read from his statement, and attacked him as “un loco” (a crazy man). …

Asked for comment about the “loco” slur, Rubio’s office provided the following statement from Senator Rubio: “Maduro looks like the typical tyrannical coward, attacking those who speak the truth about him and authorizing violence against innocent people from the comfort of his office. We need more people calling out his abuses, and more media outlets to focus on what’s going on in Venezuela. Ultimately, Maduro should listen to the Venezuelan people that are demanding real democracy and accountability.”


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What a hellhole…

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Maduro is an unshackled Obama!

Deano1952 on February 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Is it wrong to look forward to the day that the people of Venezuela put this thug up against the wall…?

JohnGalt23 on February 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

The American media didn’t notice, but the same day Sen. Marco Rubio condemned “Nicolás Maduro and his thugs,” the Venezuelan president publicly ranted about the Florida senator, read from his statement, and attacked him as “un loco” (a crazy man). …

Pot…kettle…etc.

When the inmates control the asylum, the guards are crazy.

Steve Z on February 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Oh, I thought this was post was about Washington DC.

Oil Can on February 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

I was working there on business in 1998. What a beautiful country. Not any more. What we in the U.S. are witnessing there is what we will be confronted with in about 3-5 years if the current crop of marxists are still running the old show. If Maduro exerts the full might of his military to put down these protests, we will know fir sure by the response of the current regime in Washington. I hope they catch, try, and hang this “successor”.

HomeoftheBrave on February 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Venezuela political protests 2014
55m
White House: US working with Organization of American States, regional partners to urge calm in Venezuela – @Reuters
read more on yahoo.com

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Speak like Marx, rule like Stalin and live like Rockefeller … thats the socialist credo.

DJ Rick on February 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

If you have any lingering doubts about just how depraved the Communist regime in Venezuela has become in the past month, you need to watch this video:

A Mother Whose Son is Tortured in Venezuela Pleads for Justice

steebo77 on February 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

The OAS is a joke.

steebo77 on February 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Strange how little is said about Venezuela’s turmoil by Obama or the MSM.

bw222 on February 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Strange how little is said about Venezuela’s turmoil by Obama or the MSM.

bw222 on February 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

No, just predictable.

Del Dolemonte on February 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

If we’ve learned anything from Kiev the last few months Maduro has already lost if the protestors are throwing up barricades. Unless Maduro ops for a Tiananmen-style bloodbath by the military.

Scopper on February 24, 2014 at 3:41 PM

I’m still not convinced that this is a protest against socialism. I think for many of the people protesting, it is instead a protest against material deprivation (a predictable result of socialism) which they blame on NOT ENOUGH, or NOT PURE ENOUGH, socialism.

We’ll see if the people there are actually clamoring for less government and more freedom. I have my doubts.

xNavigator on February 24, 2014 at 3:42 PM

One thing that’s being seriously underreported about the violence in Venezuela– well, other than on this site– is that it is being perpetrated by Maduro’s security forces– which are run by Cuban intelligence.

The Cubans need Venezuela’s oil.

de rigueur on February 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Speaking of Rubio:

US Department of Defense 2015 budget
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Defense Department budget proposal: ‘Reducing the size of the Army to its lowest levels in seventy years does not accurately reflect the current security environment’ – statement via @NBCNews
end of alert

canopfor on February 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

One thing that’s being seriously underreported about the violence in Venezuela– well, other than on this site– is that it is being perpetrated by Maduro’s security forces– which are run by Cuban intelligence.

The Cubans need Venezuela’s oil.

de rigueur on February 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The Cubans came to Miami in the 50s and 60s and the city prospered.

The Cubans descended upon Venezuela in the past decade and the country went to total shit.

What, I ask, was the crucial difference between these two groups of compatriots?

steebo77 on February 24, 2014 at 3:46 PM

“Señor Maduro, meet lamp post.”

Akzed on February 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Maduro is an unshackled Obama!

Deano1952 on February 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

“The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to a solicitation released on Tuesday.
The agency is seeking feedback for a “possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis.” HHS said it wants to use the tool for “ongoing monitoring” of public health issues.

HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.”

The agency requires an archive that goes back at least five years of “full Twitter historical data.” The government will also need “access to multiple account log-ins,” “real-time alerting,” the “ability to construct lengthy Boolean searches,” and a function that can filter search results based on the location of a Twitter user…”

There are no words. – Ace
http://minx.cc/?post=347396

workingclass artist on February 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Just a little off topic:

Ukraine Gun Owners Association Demands Their Own Second Amendment
As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.
People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution.

Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people!

Armed people are treated with respect!
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/24/Ukraine-Gun-Owners-Association-Demands-Their-Own-Second-Amendment

DinaRehn on February 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

The Cubans need Venezuela’s oil.

de rigueur on February 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Cuba isn’t the only leftwing paradise dependent on Venezuela’s erstwhile oil largesse. Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, and to a lesser extent Paraguay and Brazil, all with their hard left ruling elites, have been complicit in Chávez’s, Cabello’s, and Maduro’s reigns of terror.

steebo77 on February 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Senator Rubio: “MaduroObama looks like the typical tyrannical coward, attacking those who speak the truth about him and authorizing violence against innocent people from the comfort of his office. We need more people calling out his abuses, and more media outlets to focus on what’s going on in VenezuelaUSA. Ultimately, MaduroObama should listen to the VenezuelanAmerican people that are demanding real democracy and accountability.”

Hmmm.

the_nile on February 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

“Maduro looks like the typical tyrannical coward, attacking those who speak the truth about him and authorizing violence against innocent people from the comfort of his office

Sounds like…well, you know.

Rational Thought on February 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Ukraine Gun Owners Association Demands Their Own Second Amendment As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms. DinaRehn on February 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

It should just say, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Tell them to leave out the militia part so down the road their commies can’t twist it to mean only the militia, or national guard etc.

Akzed on February 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Armed people are treated with respect!
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/02/24/Ukraine-Gun-Owners-Association-Demands-Their-Own-Second-Amendment

DinaRehn on February 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

EU and USA will arm Russia to crush this outbreak of freedom…

the_nile on February 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Maduro is an unshackled Obama!

Deano1952 on February 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Which is why the US media isn’t reporting much on Venezuela – they are terrified that the peeps will see too many glimpses of familiarity. They don’t want to be in the business of giving the peasants any ideas.

Rational Thought on February 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Strange how little is said about Venezuela’s turmoil by Obama or the MSM.

bw222 on February 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Not strange at all. They have no intention of reminding people how they have always been friends and admirers of first Chavez and now Maduro. Sean Penn was especially close with Chavez don’t forget.

HotAirian on February 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

He closed the private toilet paper makers.

Then he condemned them of toilet paper shortages in Venezuela.

He needs to be hanged by his tongue, in a public square, the maggot-brain.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Cuba isn’t the only leftwing paradise dependent on Venezuela’s erstwhile oil largesse. Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, and to a lesser extent Paraguay and Brazil, all with their hard left ruling elites, have been complicit in Chávez’s, Cabello’s, and Maduro’s reigns of terror.

steebo77 on February 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Which is why we’ve heard nothing from them. And almost nothing from Obama– though perhaps for different reasons.

de rigueur on February 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Strange how little is said about Venezuela’s turmoil by Obama or the MSM.

bw222 on February 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Not so much, they’re the same entities that insist on characterizing the 2009 ouster of Zelaya in Honduras as a ‘coup’, even though his attempt to illegally alter the country’s constitution (to extend his term in office) resulted in orders for his removal by both the legislature and judiciary.

wolfsDad on February 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Strange how little is said about Venezuela’s turmoil by Obama or the MSM.

bw222 on February 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Not strange at all. They have no intention of reminding people how they have always been friends and admirers of first Chavez and now Maduro.

HotAirian on February 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

They also have no intention highlighting a nation that was organized and led based on progressive socialism / fascism is imploding because of that ideology. If forced to comment on it, you know Maduro will be tossed under the bus – not Chavez or the ideology.

Athos on February 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Is it wrong to look forward to the day that the people of Venezuela put this thug up against the wall…?
JohnGalt23 on February 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

A wall is too good for him.
Give him a lamp-post, Mussolini-style.

Another Drew on February 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Is it wrong to look forward to the day that the people of Venezuela put this thug up against the wall…?

JohnGalt23 on February 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Theirs or ours?

Lanceman on February 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Is it wrong to look forward to the day that the people of Venezuela put this thug up against the wall…?

JohnGalt23 on February 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

No, it is a healthy thought.

thuja on February 24, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Pitchfork him.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

This scheme would work if only they could find the right person, obviously Lenin Stalin Hitler Mao Minh Pot Castro Chavez Mugabe Morales Maduro isn’t it.

Bishop on February 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Pitchfork him.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

No. There’s bankers standing in the way!

Lanceman on February 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Pitchfork him.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Oh, you meant Maduro.

Lanceman on February 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Obama is wishing he could pull off what Maduro is. In a few years he just might be able to.

jukin3 on February 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Maduro is still encouraging government paramilitaries on motorcycles to help him fight the “Fascist coup d’etat” being “waged by the extreme right,” or something

If you want to sell your product at a profit, or to have toilet paper, you’re “the extreme right” in Venezuela.

And here too, probably next year.

Socratease on February 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Liberalrules and the rest of the new trolls, tell us again his wonderful your pet socialist utopia Venezuela is.

jawkneemusic on February 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

How*

jawkneemusic on February 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

bw222 on February 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM
HotAirian on February 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
Athos on February 24, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I’ve said it before, but if Barack Obama had been president instead of Ronald Reagan, I’d still be a citizen of the Soviet Union.

— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) February 22, 2014

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

But Barry will get it right. I mean Hillary. HILLARY. Yeah, she’s got plenty of experience running things. And Bill. I mean, look at what he did to turn America around. Dropped national healthcare . . . balanced the . . . budget . . .

It’s not that socialism is bad, it’s the PEOPLE running things!

RobertMN on February 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Is it wrong to look forward to the day that the people of Venezuela put this thug up against the wall…?

JohnGalt23 on February 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Considering that he’d happily put his own countrymen against the wall if he thought he could get away with it….

CurtZHP on February 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

This scheme would work if only they could find the right person, obviously Lenin talin Hitler Mao Minh Pot Castro Chavez Mugabe Morales Obama Maduro isn’t it.

Bishop on February 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

you missed one but i took care of it, you welcome.

phatfawzi on February 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Maduro is what obama aspires to be like.

ConservativePartyNow on February 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

He still has his “pen and phone” , Obama told him that is all he needed.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Maduro is what Obama is like, only he has the shackles on him that Mooch keeps the lead chain in hand.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

It should just say, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Tell them to leave out the militia part so down the road their commies can’t twist it to mean only the militia, or national guard etc.

Akzed on February 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Yes, leave out the extraneous garbage that the national commie left uses to water down and then gut our God-given rights.

DinaRehn on February 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

It should just say, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Tell them to leave out the militia part so down the road their commies can’t twist it to mean only the militia, or national guard etc.

Akzed on February 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Darn tootin’.
If we were to make ANY changes to the Constitution, that’s the one I’d be good with.

dentarthurdent on February 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The problem in Venezuela is that the ruling class didn’t recognize that there were limits (something similar to what is happening in the US). Up to a point, a reasonably prosperous economy can support a fair amount of redistribution so long as the parties that provide the income have the incentives to continue to make as much as they can.

The problem is that an egalitarian view of the economy means you can’t let well enough alone and then the burdens put on the producers start to make them reconsider whether they should work so hard. When they stop, the revenues falter which causes TPTB to raise taxes (and incidentally increase regulations) which make producers work less hard so actual revenues don’t match expectations. That leads to another round of tax increases and revenue declines. Meanwhile expenses continue unabated because TPTB don’t see a need to stop that (and it would be unpopular). A sort of death spiral.

Eventually it will come apart and the result is unlikely to be nice.

Russ808 on February 24, 2014 at 9:35 PM