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Friday, February 07, 2020

After leading his country's economy over a cliff, President Nicolas Maduro has brought it a certain measure of stability. By allowing dollars to flow freely and private enterprise to flourish in recent months, he seems to have breathed new life into his regime. He remains widely despised but emigration has begun to slow, people are returning and the government is enacting laws to tax dollar transactions and allow companies to issue debt in foreign currencies.

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Another failed experiment in socialism. Leftists never learn.

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-07 10:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Emulating China would be my guess.

Police state under a vaneer of capitalism.

Something all Democrats love!

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-07 10:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What?

He's awake?

I mean Maduro, of course. Awake. Not "woke", as that would imply continuing to pursue socialism until nothing was left.

#3 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-02-07 12:30 PM | Reply

"Another failed experiment in socialism. Leftists never learn."

Yeah, because it has been such a terrible failure in most of Northern Europe, in Medicare here, etc., etc.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-02-07 02:15 PM | Reply

"Another failed experiment in socialism. Leftists never learn."

Yeah, because it has been such a terrible failure in most of Northern Europe, in Medicare here, etc., etc.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-02-07 02:15 PM | Reply

Venezuela failed because fracking killed the price of heavy oil.

#5 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-02-07 03:33 PM | Reply

It's funny to say an OPEC nation whose economy is almost entirely dependent on oil has embraced Capitalism...

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-02-07 03:37 PM | Reply

Yes but will he assassinate, overthrow, invades and just straight jack other countries for their resources?

#7 | Posted by fresno500 at 2020-02-07 04:35 PM | Reply

No one mentioned the US sanctions that have devastated their economy. We sanction them into the Stone age but no one is allowed to even TALK about BDS on isreal. Our first amendment rights are less important than isreal's apartheid policy's. Venuzeula's economy failed because we strangled it not because of "sochulism".

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-07 06:59 PM | Reply

"Yeah, because it has been such a terrible failure in most of Northern Europe"

Everything your referring to in northern Europe has been made possible wholly due to capitalism. Socialism didn't provide a single penny.

#9 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-02-08 04:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Venuzeula's economy failed because we strangled it not because of "sochulism".

By strangled it, what you really mean is we (the US, I guess) failed to use our capitalist economic engine to back up their socialism.

Venezuela is what happens when socialism loses it's capitalist backing. Without capitalism, socialism can't survive.

#10 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-02-08 04:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

#10 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

Probably the most well-written post on the way socialism uses capitalism to stay alive I have read.

Hattip sir.

#11 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-02-08 11:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Then why the need to coddle and protect Israel from BDS? Are they socialist too? Why are economic sanctions considered an act of war? If a society is cut off from the rest of the world and not allowed to trade with anyone, what does that have to do with socialism. Please explain this. Sanctions are the economic equivalent of siege warfare. But you knew that already didn't you? I don't believe you are aguing this point in good faith but am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Please explain more clearly otherwise I must assume you are a lying disingenuous troll.

#12 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-08 04:33 PM | Reply

No reply, huh. I didn't really expect one. Seems you've got nothing. If your arguments are so compelling,why are you so coy about making them? What a lightweight. I guess you really are just a simple troll.

#13 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-08 09:19 PM | Reply

You are playing whataboutism, effete.....

Fact is, socialism does not make pennies, it only takes them. That's a fact.

#14 | Posted by boaz at 2020-02-09 10:27 AM | Reply

You have not answered my question. If the US strangles the Venezuelan government's ability to trade freely with other nation's and that is their primary source of income, what does that have to do with their socialist system? You are the one engaging in whattaboutery. I seems to me that many countries would be damaged, most severely,by economic sanctions. That's why they are considered an act of war. If Israel was sanctioned by the whole world,unable to trade or their citizens to travel freely. Do you think that a capitalist system would fare any better against this? Why did we impose this on Iran,and Iraq if sanctions don't destroy economies? Neither Iran or Iraq is socialist and yet their economies have been severely harmed by our sanctions so please give me another reason besides "socialism to explain this in Venezuela's case.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-09 11:54 AM | Reply

Why can nobody here on the DR give me anything but glib one liners about this? It seems to me that ya'all's arguments are pretty weak if you aren't making them but are only trying to deflect with one line dismissive replies. Step up your game. You are embarrassing yourselves.

#16 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-02-09 12:03 PM | Reply

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