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Mar 14 2019

Oil but No Water in Socialist Venezuela

Under socialism, you eventually run out of everything except equality. This includes water, as those who have not yet escaped Venezuela are learning:

Residents in San Diego, Carabobo state, flooded social media with pictures and videos of the black water while complaining it had been contaminated with oil.

That gives an idea of how much oil Venezuela is floating on, which is why it was the wealthiest country in Latin America prior to socialism. Venezuela has the largest proven reserves of crude oil in the world. Under capitalism, that oil would be converted into money, and the money would build functional infrastructure that would provide citizens with water. Under socialism, the oil is useless, because you can’t drink it or even bathe in it.

The city has suffered with an intermittent water supply for months, made worse by a week-long power blackout that has completely cut it off in some areas, local journalists said. …

People have been forced to scavenge for water from sewers, drains and rivers. …

The blackout has worsened the situation of a country already facing a hyperinflationary economic collapse that has spurred a mass migration and turned once-basic items like corn flour and toilet paper into unaffordable luxuries.

Sympathy is tempered by the fact that Venezuelans voted for this. True, their elections have degenerated into charades, but this ball was started rolling when the Venezuelan version of Bernie Sanders was legitimately elected by the same sort of spiteful, envious fools who infest our own country in alarmingly large numbers.

On a tip from Lyle.




One Response to “Oil but No Water in Socialist Venezuela”

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