Left-wing authoritarianism has had the same effect in Venezuela as in Obama’s single-party home town Chicago:
Venezuela, the most violent country in South America, recorded a new high of 21,692 murders [with a few days left in 2012] along with a surge in kidnappings, prison riots and random shootings.
The number of victims was up by 12 per cent from last year when there were 19,336 deaths, the Venezuelan Violence Observatory said in its annual report.
What is causing all this violence? Drug wars? Insurgents? Neither:
Unlike other Latin American countries Venezuela is not involved in a drug war or on-going battle with guerrillas.
The problem is an authoritarian government more interested in redistributing wealth to its supporters than in performing its proper functions. The result is a hybrid that combines the worst traits of dictatorship and anarchy.
The Observatory said: “Killings have become a way of executing property crimes, a mechanism to resolve personal conflicts and a way to apply private justice.”
Not to worry, the same Big Government whose suffocating omnipotence makes it impossible to do business in Venezuela is on top of the situation:
In 2010 when the newspaper El Nacional published a picture of a dozen murder victims at a morgue, a court ordered the newspaper to stop publishing images of violence.
Venezuela is ruled by socialist thug Hugo Chavez, whose “Bolivarian Revolution” is barely distinguishable from Obama’s “Hope & Change.”
Venezuela’s murder rate has soared since Chavez took office in 1999, growing from 4,450 murders in 1998 Criminologists expected the rate to fall with decreasing poverty, but income inequality has fallen dramatically and murders are going up.
Well then, it must be the lax gun laws that characterize leftist regimes. Just kidding, of course. Private ownership of firearms is banned in Venezuela.
Gun ownership is as close to banned as liberals can manage in Chicago, until such a time as the Constitution is officially discarded. Consequently, the city recently celebrated its 500th homicide of 2012 and is off to a fast start for 2013.
On tips from Ghost of FA Hayek and Spider.