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Fake News Abounds as New York Times Excludes Socialism from Venezuela Report

venezuela-protesters-maduroFirst were the leftist dictators.

Then came the economic turmoil, the riots, secret police, social upheaval, raised inflation, mass starvation, and millions of citizens left struggling to acquire basic needs like food and clean water. In the past year alone, the country of Venezuela has seen indescribable chaos, all of which can be attributed to socialism.

The New York Times recently ran a story on the state of disarray in Venezuela, detailing the country’s financial collapse and the widespread starvation Venezuelan citizens have been suffering for years at the hand of President Maduro’s regime.

Missing from the article, however, is any mention of Venezuela’s socialist government—the same government that was once praised by American liberals as an example of a successful socialist nation. The article only once references the country’s ruling socialist party, and this mention is towards the article’s end, making no connection between the harmful leftist system and the country’s total collapse.

While many were understandably disappointed with this blatant display of fake news on The New York Times’ part, others were frustrated that the publication had carelessly helped propagate the myth that socialism is “harmless”. For those of us who understand history and know better, this is troubling for a number of reasons.

In case you’ve forgotten, liberal elites in the United States hailed Venezuela for years, propping it up as some sort of leftist utopia. Once the country spiraled into economic chaos and reinforced what most of us already knew—that socialism can never work– these leftists were silent. As Maduro stifled his critics and political opponents with threats of violence, American leftists were silent. As the country’s ruling class secured absolute power through a repressive government and the subjugation of its citizens, American leftists were silent.

In an AMAC Advantage Magazine article from July, author John Whelan discusses some of the factors that lead Venezuela to the point where it is today, explaining:

“Despite possessing the largest oil deposits in the entire world, Venezuela’s per capita gross domestic product (PCGDP) averaged a negative 0.10% for the 40 years from the 1958 establishment of a “social democracy” (replacing earlier dictatorships) to the 1998 assumption of power by Chavez, who quickly installed himself as a new dictator destroying the oldest democracy to fall into totalitarianism since World War II. Chavez nationalized more industries, implemented exchange and price controls, and corrupted the national bank, oil companies, and the judicial system, while aligning with Castro’s Cuba. Secret police (the Colectivos) enforced Chavez’ will with strong-arm tactics.”

If “successful socialism” means operating under an illegitimate democracy and turning your country into a criminal enterprise, then Venezuela gets an A+. But for those of us who have the common sense to recognize this system for what it is, the cause of Venezuela’s destruction is clear. Any country where socialist policies take root will ultimately collapse. In the words of Margaret Thatcher, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”.

Despite The New York Times’ irresponsible reporting and the rallying cries of American millennials who insist that so-called “social democracy” is harmless, history has shown us that socialism, no matter where, is doomed to fail.

Those who willfully ignore this history are doomed to repeat it.

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Hank
3 years ago

Charity stems from profit and productivity. Socialism stems from charity. When your goal is to break even, charity dries up. Socialism seems to be working in Sweden (Thanks to state-owned North Sea Brent Oil, Sweden has a positive cash flow.) But Socialism can become excessive – it is beginning to fail in the Netherlands. It is beginning to fail in the US, indicated by two successive years of escalating, deficit spending. Hopefully, Trump can get [US] back on track.

Clark+Kent
3 years ago
Reply to  Hank

Actually, socialism stems from greed. And the ‘something for nothing’ crowd is NEVER satisfied.

Drue
3 years ago

“……..Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness……”. That phrase is part of our capitalist Democracy. It entitles you to a life, with inherent liberties. It entitles you to the PURSUIT of happiness, not the guarantee of same. You must WORK to achieve the level of happiness you desire. No one is going to give it to you. That is where the left has it wrong. I worked for what I have. So must everyone else. End of story. Don,t like it here, MOVE somewhere else like Venezuela.

James
3 years ago

Kudos to the editors of the NYTs. It makes no sense for a leftist/socialist newspaper like the NYTs to mention that the government of Venezuela is socialist. It would be an admission of the failure of socialism. After all, the NYTs wouldn’t want its readers to be that informed.

Bruce
3 years ago

Mr. Lopez
You need to get this information to Tucker Carlson at Fox News….its needs national attention!

Aardvark
3 years ago
Reply to  Bruce

There has actually been quite a bit of national attention. The problem is the left wing socialists in this country are so brainwashed, they refuse to watch, listen, read, or consider anything that doesn’t perpetuate the socialist propaganda they have bought into. So they don’t learn the truth about stories like this. They insist that the only information they receive are from the socialist elites and “news” sources they think they can trust. I used to refuse to listen to Rush Limbaugh because of all the nasty attacks on the “news” against him. When I finally started to realize how they manipulate stories by adding opinion, leaving out important details, and using terms to sway opinions, I decided to find out for myself. I am now a consistent Rush listener and find him to be brilliant. Many, even on the right, think he is too full of himself, but if you got to know him from listening enough, you would realize it is in jest (and/or to piss off the left).

George
3 years ago

The sad part is there are so many on the left that do not know they are being lied to or don’t want to know the truth. The NYT and Washington post leave out important facts make references to things that did not exist or that were in related and then infer they were true. It so sad they resort to cheap lies to prop up a decaying democrat party filled with hate and intolerance. I am so ashamed I ever voted democrat. They are everything they say they hate. This is not the party I voted with most of my life. This one is a sick festering sore on the face of politics.

C. Aldridge
3 years ago
Reply to  George

Especially true here in California where gov. Moonbeam rules! He and his buddies in the legislature want the state to run everything and take away all of our rights.

Maria+Gregory
3 years ago
Reply to  George

George, I agree with you 100%! I, too, was a Democrat for 60 years before I opened up my eyes and saw what the party was all about! What did it for me was Obama’s years in office, and I disliked many or most of the things he tried to shove down our throats and the fact that he was “mistreating” our nation’s Constitution. It was then I decided to pay attention to what was going on in Washington, and watching and listening to the Democrats in office with their lies, trying to make fools of anyone who was not a Democrat and not taking responsibility for their actions and acting as though they owned America, I realized I had to make a change before the next election. At first, I was not too thrilled about several of the GOP candidates running for president in 2016 but the more I listened to Mr. Trump, the better I liked him. He was not a politician by trade but a businessman and I thought he might be right for the job, so 2 months before the 2016 General election, I switched parties. I’m glad I did….there was no way that I would want to associate myself as a Democrat after their blatant display of, as you put it on your post, “of hate and intolerance” and all the fraud they committed with the hopes of getting Hillary in the WH. I wanted no part of their deceptive ways.
You are right too, that there are many folks out there who believe the first thing they hear or see, rather than educating themselves to know the real truth, and probably, most of them don’t know the difference between the lies and the truth if it smacked them square in their faces.
I believed that the Democrat Party was the party for the working people when I was a kid, as that was what our father told us, and encouraged us to become Democrats when we were old enough to vote…….so, I did for 60 years, and never paid much attention to politics over the years because I was a “Democrat” and they would take care of me……..HUH! I was also told that the Republicans were for the rich people only. Fake news back then??????

Andie
3 years ago

It is not true that socialist dictatorships can’t produce anything. There is one thing that is produced universally in every socialist dictatorship. REFUGEES.

C. Aldridge
3 years ago
Reply to  Andie

Yeah, and they all want to come here where the liberals will give them all welfare.

Maria+Gregory
3 years ago
Reply to  Andie

That’s a great one, Andie!

olmstra
3 years ago
Reply to  Andie

…and corpses

James c. Sauer
3 years ago

Thanks, why can’t the mainstream media publish a exilent article like that?

C. Aldridge
3 years ago
Reply to  James c. Sauer

Because it goes against THEIR agenda (socialism).

Rick johnson
3 years ago

I lived there for four years under El Commandante Chavez. The middle class that had been emerging was destroyed. The ‘new’ middle class … those who have a few more tidbits thrown their way are like ‘outer party’ of George Orwell’s 1984. Those who want socialism for our country should make it easier on themselves and just relocate to Venezuela, Cuba, or other socialist paradises…..and leave the rest of us the heck alone!

Donald King
3 years ago
Reply to  Rick johnson

My first time spent in Venezuela was when Carlos Perez ruled the roust. AS corrupt as it was under his control, I did see some growth in the middle class. All of this changed when he was ousted from leadership.

C. Aldridge
3 years ago
Reply to  Donald King

It would have eventually ended up the same because socialism doesn’t work. It may be great for a little while, but it always ends up the same. Socialism, communism, fascism, liberalism, progressivism, all mean the same thing – government control of everything, no freedoms, and misery for the majority.

George
3 years ago
Reply to  Rick johnson

Obama tried to destroy the middle class here. everything he did was designed to weaken them or remove people from the middle class. 54% of the jobs he created were part time. 14% were minimum wage. That’s 68% of the jobs created were not even livable wage. President Obama added 900 regulations that were designed to slow business growth, hiring, and increase costs for businesses some 800 million dollars. Thank God for President Trump, and do it every day.

suzanne
3 years ago

Hearing the horror first-hand from my son-in-law–a native Venezuelan living legally in the USA–is extremely devastating. His family is stuck there and living day-to-day not knowing what will come next. Make no mistake, China, Cuba and Iran are a big part of taking control in Venezuela, as well. Maduro is a total self-serving idiot with not a care in the world except for himself. He is a thug and criminal, and i pray everyday that Almighty GOD will deal with him to remove him from power. Socialism has definitely wreaked havoc on this beautiful country, to say the least, and the tyrants that have been running the government there are not going to back down. The country is almost in total ruin. How can the NYT not mention that in the article? Easy. They lie constantly about so many things they do not know what truth is anymore. GOD help us all!

Andie
3 years ago
Reply to  suzanne

How is it possible to take a tropical paradise, economic dynamo in South America, with the largest oil reserves in the world and turn it into an economic wasteland of people starving to death? There is only one way I know of that delivers this outcome so efficiently. SOCIALISM.

Donald King
3 years ago
Reply to  suzanne

If the NYT bothers to publish any truth at all, it is only done to further their progressive/socialist agenda. Their viewpoint is so socialist slanted that no opposing views are ever allowed to be printed – unless, of course, they can be twisted in some fashion to work in their favor. It’s the same procedure as that being used by NPR and PBS.

Tommy Molnar
3 years ago

“the rallying cries of American millennials who insist that so-called “social democracy” is harmless”.

This is the stuff that the leftist union controlled schools in our country are shoving down the throats of our kids while we are hard at work producing tax money to FUND this stuff. These “young skulls full of mush” are being slowly and quietly turned into good left wing Democrat socialist voters who will eventually make it impossible to turn around. Most kids believe their teachers (and professors) are little Gods who know all there is to know about all there is to know. I don’t know how we stop this. Talking to your kids to see just what it is that they are ‘learning’ in school may help, but these ‘teachers’ (brain washers) have the kids for more time than WE do most days.

D Johnson
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Get your kids OUT of the public school system whatever the cost. Join the growing number of families who have sacrificed whatever necessary to put their children in good, conservative private schools, or homeschool them. God is faithful. He will bless that commitment a hundredfold.

Donald King
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I’ve lived and worked in various socialist/communist countries, including Venezuela, and, belove me, the whole socialistic concept does not work. You always must remember that the so-called teachers and/or professors that are pushing this garbage have not, by and large, ever even been to these countries. The exception of course that they might have been there as tourists or guests that were carefully controlled as to where they could travel and what they were allowed to see. So, you see, they have little, if any, actual knowledge of what life is really like there. They are like computers – “garbage in – garbage out” as it were. They’re only parroting what their own socialist/communist teachers carefully taught them.

William Lee Kohler
3 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

All public employee unions should be forever BANNED!

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