Remember how I mentioned last week that, surprisingly, the Cuban people have begun to protest against the communist Cuban regime for its authoritarianism which restricts the liberties of the Cuban people, and likely also for its inability to properly handle the Chinese coronavirus pandemic? Seemingly, the people of Iran are also taking to the streets due to the regime’s inability to properly manage water and electricity.
According to The Daily Wire, for the past several weeks, “Iran has experienced worsening energy and water shortages,” which the regime claims are the result of “reduced rainfall” and people using air conditioning units to stave off the summer heat. However, according to the BBC, “many locals say the problem is mismanagement and corruption.”
Considering we’re talking about the world sponsor of terrorism, I’d be more inclined to believe the words of the Iranian people as opposed to the government.
Now, one might argue that the biggest reason for these protests is that very mismanagement and inability to produce adequate amounts of water and electricity. That would be correct only in a small way. Thing about that is that there has to be a reason for such an inability and that reason is, as the locals said, mismanagement and corruption. According to videos on social media, there are protesters who can be heard chanting “Death to the dictator” and “Death to Khamenei”.
They’re not “Death to the poor management which would be solved with more government regulation” chants. They are chants of open defiance against the Islamic regime. Doesn’t necessarily mean the Iranian people are done with being Muslims, but it does mean that they are standing against their government, not merely because of the issues presented by the media.
The BBC reported last weekend: “The water crisis has devastated agriculture and livestock farming and led to electricity blackouts. Earlier this month, protests broke out in a number of cities across the country. The authorities blame reduced rainfall for the situation, saying many hydroelectric power plants are not operating and electricity consumption has surged as people use air conditioning to cope with the intense summer heat.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged this, saying: “I apologize to our dear people who have faced problems and suffering in the past few days and I urge them to cooperate [with cutting back electricity use]. People complain about power outages and they are right.”
Despite this seemingly humble response from Rouhani, police forces in the nation have been far harsher and more tyrannical than what this response would suggest.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American journalist who was once nearly kidnapped by the Iranian government while on American soil, reported on the protests, also calling them “anti-regime demonstrations.”
“Anti-regime demonstrations are still underway in Iran’s #Khuzestan province. This video is from #Susangerd where security forces are seen shooting at innocent protesters asking for water. Khuzestan doesn’t have water and the regime is to blame for wrong water policies,” Alinejad tweeted alongside a minute-long video depicting exactly what she described.
Reportedly, at least one protester has been killed.
But this, as I mentioned earlier, is another massive protest against an authoritarian regime. To my count, three countries seem to be either protesting their authoritarian regimes or heading towards outright civil war: South Africa, Cuba and Iran. The one closest to an actual civil war, and might actually be in the beginning stages of one, is South Africa where two entire provinces, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, have been hit so hard as to resemble warzones. There, the government has already sent 25,000 troops to try and quell the violence which has come as a result of extended lockdowns and other authoritarian actions.
Are these protests/riots/potential civil wars an indication as to where the world is headed? Can’t say for certain at this point, but one thing is for sure: these are not the socialist/communist revolutions Marxists and Leninists would hope that they are.
One reason is that at least one of those countries has already gone through one such revolution and is currently facing backlash from its citizens after 60 years of a communist dictatorship. So what we are witnessing, if they lead to anything at all, would be the opposite of what the communists would desire.
Of course, there could be those who would incite a revolution in one of these places for the purposes of replacing the communist/authoritarian governments with their own communist/authoritarian government, but things could also go the opposite direction from that, towards something more akin to an actual liberation like the American Revolution.
Granted, such a revolution is historically rare, as most other revolutions only led to a new tyrannical regime replacing the prior one (Tsar to Bolshevism, King Louis XVI to Robespierre and then Napoleon, etc.). However, there is some reason for optimism at the very least because of the situation in Cuba.
People are fed up with authoritarians taking away their rights and freedoms at the drop of a hat. The lockdowns have exacerbated, in a lot of places, the tyrannical rule which was already present.
As I said in the previous article, if you think lockdowns were bad in the United States, they pale in comparison to other actually communist nations which operate under central governments. The advantage of federalism was present in America, since some states chose to not lockdown at all, others locked down for a short while, and others took their time but eventually recognized the need to open back up.
And while there are some states which are stupid, such as California which is now reinstituting mask mandates for indoors, plenty other states have seen the light and recognize the futility of such efforts in handling the pandemic. As I have written over a multitude of articles, many, most or all of these measures either didn’t work at best and were outright detrimental to people at worst on a number of levels, pathetically including health and safety.
The point is, the world locked down and experienced some of the worst tyranny they had seen, for many for the very first time. And such near absolute power in the hands of a few became too much for those who have seen some of the worst of it. South Africa was already rather dictatorial, what with white farmers literally being stripped of their land; Iran has been a radical Islamic cesspool since the 70’s and Cuba is, well, Cuba. They have already had to witness a lot tyranny in their lifetimes, and the lockdowns, particularly as long-lasting and severe as they have been, might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for some of them.
They are people with little to nothing to lose by doing this, with plenty to gain if successful. They are willing to take their chances because they can’t stand the bullcrap they currently have to go through.
I hope that many other countries come to understand that they have to fight authoritarianism wherever it pops up and do so to the greatest of their abilities.
“It is an abomination for kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.”
In most cases, the Left is perfectly content with bringing in people from other countries for just about any cockamamie reason. However, if such people are fleeing communism and generally tend to identify more with the GOP than the Democrat Party, all of a sudden, the Left discourages such migration.
With the recent protests in Cuba almost certainly leading to extreme and harsh punishments from the communist regime, it’s not surprising that there might be Cubans seeking to flee the commie craphole and heading towards the closest beacon of hope they would have: the free state of Florida. However, DHS Chief Alejandro Mayorkas, who is ashamedly a Cuban himself, discouraged Cubans from making their way to the U.S. through the sea.
Mayorkas said on Wednesday: “The time is never right to attempt migration by sea. To those who risk their lives doing so, this risk is not worth taking. Allow me to be clear: if you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”
“If individuals make, establish a well-founded fear of persecution or torture, they are referred to third countries for resettlement. They will not enter the United States.”
This coming from the administration which is overseeing the worst influx of illegal immigration at the southern border and couldn’t be bothered to even pretend that it’s a problem.
Now, a liberal might try to make the argument that it’s purely because of safety reasons that they discourage Cubans fleeing the island nation to the States via sea. I call bullcrap on that one. The desert that illegals have to cross in the southern border to get into states like Texas, Arizona, etc. are just as dangerous a trek to make as escaping Cuba via the sea. The extremely high temperatures give them heat stroke, coupled with the fact that they have to practically constantly be moving, as well as the fact that they won’t always be the best prepared for the weather. Not to mention the likelihood that any one of them could be trafficked, willingly or unwillingly, and be the closest thing to slaves in the modern West, which itself carries a multitude of risks.
It’s not the safety of the Cubans that Leftists care about here, it’s the fact that, according to Pew, 58% of Cubans identify more closely to the GOP than the Democrat Party, which is a surprise to exactly no one because the Democrat Party is extremely similar to the communist party that they just fled. Why would they want to support the crap that they just escaped from?
In just about any other circumstance, the Left would argue that such a dangerous trek even through the sea would be worth it so long as they can actually make it here and, likely, vote Democrat. But because Cubans tend to not like Democrats, they get treated differently as migrants.
They seemingly have an “issue” with Cubans making a dangerous trek to escape communism, but don’t have any such issues with illegals crossing the dangerous desert to illegally enter this country.
It’s yet another example of utter Leftist hypocrisy, not that anyone needed to be informed anymore that Leftists are hypocrites.
Cubans are currently fighting against the communist regime, likely in part because of the lockdowns, but mostly because many of them probably figure that they have nothing to lose by doing so. They live under such harsh and terrible conditions due to communism that they think it’s worth it to lose their lives to fight against it, in all likelihood because the lives they currently have could hardly be called “living.”
When people’s backs are against the wall in such a manner, it’s expected that they will begin to fight back, little chance as they might have at success. But not all of them will want to fight. If possible, they will want to flee and escape not only communism but the violence that might come from such altercations, namely from the extreme punishments doled out by the regime. Such people will seek refuge, but ashamedly, the illegitimate Biden DHS is denying them entry.
They have no issues whatsoever with illegals who simply seek to take advantage of the economic opportunities in the States to make very little money mowing Democrats’ lawns (the Dems did always want their slaves back and this is the closest they can get to that) and then sending some of that money back to their families (assuming that that happens at all, which could just be another Leftist lie). They have no issues at all with illegals who end up committing major crimes against Americans, such as Kathryn Steinle, who was killed by an illegal immigrant on July 1st, 2015 and whose killer escaped prosecution and the justice that was owed him because California sucks.
They have no issues with such illegal immigrants so long as they can use them at some capacity. But when it comes to ACTUAL humanitarian crises like refugees of communism? No humanity, no sympathy and no heart.
The Left is evil and they prove this each and every day.
“’There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’”
For over 60 years, the people of Cuba have been subjugated under a communist regime which enslaves them and dehumanizes them. They have had to drive the same cars from 60 years ago, if not longer, and have little freedom when it comes to internet access, with the communist regime getting to censor and dictate what people see online.
Any act of seeming dissent against the regime is taken as a threat to the existence of the regime itself and is met with extreme hostility and harsh punishment. The people who protested Sunday put themselves at significant risk, as they could be arrested and face a firing squad because of their actions, despite how peaceful their protests were. This is just how communist countries treat their people when the people protest tyranny.
Despite the great bravery of these people, and immense risk they put themselves in, the American Left has sought, unsurprisingly, to not make this about the ideology which has ruined the island nation, since that is the very ideology the Left espouses, but rather to make it about rising Chinese coronavirus cases and deaths.
Julie Chung, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, tweeted: “Peaceful protests are growing in #Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising COVID cases/deaths & medicine shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need."
Can you see the two things she was most wrong about?
First of all, the Cuban people can’t exercise their right to peaceful assembly because they have no such right. Like I said, they face great risk in protesting in this manner, peaceful as it is, because they risk arrest and execution at the hands of firing squads. No people who face such a risk are people who have a right to peaceful assembly. Chung is treating Cuba as though it’s as free as the U.S. and has the same constitutional rights that America has.
It doesn’t. The constitution which Cuba has includes no specific rights or freedoms of the Cuban people, just vague statements about how “Cuba is a free and democratic socialist state” which is a bunch of bullcrap which is typical for any communist country. Furthermore, they place particular importance on the protection of not the people or even the country itself but the socialist system it employs.
Article 4 of the Cuban Constitution (2019) says: “The defense of our socialist homeland is the greatest honor and the supreme duty of every Cuban. Treason is the most serious of crimes, whoever should commit treason will be subject to the most severe sanctions. The socialist system that this Constitution supports is irrevocable. Citizens have the right to combat through any means, including armed combat when other means are not available, against any that intend to topple the political, social, and economic order established by this Constitution.”
As with any other communist regime, its greatest priority is its own survival, not as a country or people, but as a system. They explicitly state that treason is the most serious crime which carries the heaviest sentence, meaning that the protestors on Sunday, because they were calling for “Libertad”, or “Liberty”, protesting the Marxist regime and even waving American flags, could face charges of treason. And to top it all off, the first specific right that the Cuban constitution affords to the Cuban people is in reference to the PRESERVATION OF THE COMMUNIST REGIME.
Cubans don’t have the right to peacefully assemble, to free speech, to freedom of religion, to freedom of the press. These are the first explicit and specific rights detailed in the American constitution, under the First Amendment. But for Cubans, the first right afforded to them specified in their constitution is the right to protect the communist system of government, social norms and economic system which suffocates the people.
So let no one fool you into believing that the Cuban people are, at any capacity, free in their own country.
The second thing Chung was wrong about was the purpose of the protests. She said it was about COVID, medicine, cases and deaths. Generally, that the Cuban people demanded better care from the communist regime against the Chinese coronavirus.
Like I said earlier, they were calling for liberty, freedom, and were not unclear about the reason for their protests. They are fed up with the communist regime destroying them and their lives.
Now, one might raise a fair question: “Why now, after 60 years of communist crap? We haven’t heard of other similar protests of this scale in years, so why now?” Again, that’s a fair question. The answer is that, frankly, I don’t think the Left is ENTIRELY wrong about the purposes of the protest. Don’t misunderstand, this is specifically about freedom and liberty from the Marxist communist regime, not about demanding better care or raising awareness about cases and deaths. But the reason for this protest might not be entirely divorced from the Chinese coronavirus.
Like other communist states and nations, Cuba locked down to “fight” against the pandemic and they are still locked down for the most part, with some restrictions having been lifted. Assuming that cases and deaths really are going up, it’s likely that the communist regime will want to lock things down again in full. And if you think the lockdowns were painful for Americans, imagine how devastating they are/were for people living in third-world countries which experience 10 times what America went through at the height of the pandemic on a DAILY basis.
Remember when store shelves were empty towards the beginning of the pandemic? That’s a regular Tuesday in Cuba. Remember when people feared toilet paper shortages? Cuba routinely experiences actual shortages of far more than just toilet paper. Remember when the economy was in freefall when we locked down? Cuba’s economy avoided such a freefall if only because it was practically already on the ground.
Put citizens of a communist nation through extreme lockdowns like that and you are bound to get some amount of pushback. And keep in mind, the Cuban people have gone through 60 years of indoctrination and brainwashing in order to be obedient slaves of the communist state. Americans protested because, at least for many of us, we still understand and have a sense and yearning for freedom and can see the tyranny that lockdowns impose on people. But Cubans? They will flee, sure, much as they can, but outright protest and demand freedom and liberty?
Only under extreme circumstances might you see that, and the fact that there were pro-freedom protests on Sunday is an indication that such extreme circumstances are at play here. This has nothing to do with the Chinese coronavirus’ cases or deaths or vaccines or medicine in the country, but it’s not divorced from the general subject of the virus, in my opinion.
Though, again, do not misunderstand what I am saying. They are protesting the communist regime, which is why the Left wants to make this about the Chinese coronavirus. They espouse the very communism which is suffocating Cuba, so they can’t go along with the whole “this is about freedom from tyranny” angle. They SIDE WITH THE TYRANTS the protesters are against. They won’t come right out and say that, of course, but they don’t have to tell the truth on this matter either.
They will pretend to be on the side of the protesters when in fact they sully the protesters’ intent.
They aren’t liars because they lie. They lie because they are liars.
“The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.”
For a very long time, I have argued that the most important way in which we can preserve our rights and freedoms in this country for generations is through the taking over of the education system which has been in Leftist hands for 60 years.
The Left took away God from our schools and has slowly but surely been introducing increasingly radical Leftist material in our schools. From the assertion that we are “killing the planet” to the idea that homosexuality is not only okay but outright encouraged, and most recently, that white people are evil because of their race and that black and brown people are victims by the same merit. It is because of this radical Leftist curricula that we have young adults today who unironically love socialism and communism and erroneously believe them to be what will bring about a sort of utopia in this world.
As a result, naturally, the best way to fight against it is to take over the education system and begin teaching children the horrors of communism and begin teaching them actual, objective truths such as “we are not killing the planet” and “males can only be male and females can only be female.” Thankfully, this is what Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also believes and has allowed to occur in Florida.
Recently, America’s best governor signed three civics education bills, HB 5, HB 233 and SB 1108. HB 5 requires high school students to learn about communism and totalitarianism, ideologies which “conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States,” according to Breitbart News.
During a press conference at a Fort Myers middle school, the governor said: “It’s crucial to ensure that we teach our students how to be responsible citizens. They need to have a good working knowledge of American history, American government and the principles that underline our Constitution and Bill of Rights.”
He continued: “I’m proud to sign three bills today that prioritize civics education in our schools. The sad reality is that only two in five Americans can correctly name the three branches of government, and more than a third of Americans cannot name any of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. It is abundantly clear that we need to do a much better job of educating our students in civics to prepare them for the rest of their lives.”
HB 5 also “provides a library of ‘Portraits in Patriotism’ based on the lives of individuals who have represented civic-minded qualities, including some who have moved to this country after suffering persecution in nations such as Cuba and Venezuela,” according to Breitbart.
DeSantis said: “We have a number of people in Florida, particularly southern Florida, who’ve escaped totalitarian regimes, who’ve escaped communist dictatorships to be able to come to America,” adding that he wants all students “to understand the difference, why would somebody flee across shark-infested waters, say leaving from Cuba to come to southern Florida? Why would somebody leave a place like Vietnam? Why would people leave these countries and risk their life to be able to come here? It’s important students understand that.”
HB 233 is a bill which requires state colleges and universities to hold annual assessments of the “viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom at their institutions,” according to the governor’s office. In essence, it requires Florida colleges and universities which receive state funding to not be centers of Marxist brain-washing and to protect students’ and teachers’ First Amendment rights of free speech to ensure they can’t be censored for their beliefs if they hold beliefs which run contrary to the faculty or upper echelon of the school.
On this matter, the governor said: “It used to be thought that a university campus was a place you’d be exposed to a lot of different ideas. Unfortunately, now, the norm is really that these are more intellectually oppressive environments. You have orthodoxies that are promoted, and other viewpoints are shunned or even suppressed. We don’t want that in Florida.”
He continued: “You need to have a true contest of ideas. Students should not be shielded from ideas and we want robust First Amendment speech on our college and university campuses.”
And finally, SB 1108 requires state college and university students to take a civic literacy course and assessment as a requirement for graduation, so that they don’t routinely pull an Ilhan Omar and believe that the different chambers of Congress are different branches of government.
Personally, I think these bills are great and are definitely a step in the right direction. Teaching high school and college students about communism and totalitarianism and requiring colleges and universities to be intellectually diverse and have a civic literacy course and assessment as requirements for graduation are things which will only help Floridians and Americans down the line.
My only issue, really, is that these bills are aimed more towards high school and college (though that isn’t a bad thing in itself at any rate) and don’t seem to include earlier ages. Obviously, it is utterly obscene that the Left is going after elementary and kindergarten aged students in their brainwashing attempts, but they have the general right idea. The earlier you can influence students, the better they will be for your side as time goes on.
Surely, conservatives in the education system could come up with curricula which would teach elementary and kindergarten students of the rottenness of socialism and communism without robbing them of their innocence and going into detail regarding the goriness that such systems bring about.
As one example, a teacher could explain to his or her young students that “communism and socialism are bad economic and political systems because they bring about sadness and pain to a great number of people. They take away the freedom of the innocent and add on to the pain with unfair rules which lead to really bad punishments. If you think whatever punishments your parents have given to you are bad, they are nothing compared to what communism and socialism do to innocent people.”
I’m not a teacher nor a parent, so I don’t really know how to best put such lessons in a way which truthfully exposes the evils of communism without going into gory details such as the public executions and terrorist tactics of the Bolsheviks, Politburo, Gestapo, etc, but like I said, I’m sure people qualified to take on such jobs could figure out a way to accomplish this.
And if you think that it’s not a good thing to be teaching young kids about the evils of communism, at least in a way which won’t outright scar them, then please step aside as you’d be nothing but a burden. It’s either they are taught the evils of communism or are taught that males can be females and are exposed to drag queens who will groom them and ruin their lives entirely, while the kids themselves are taught to believe that any refusal of such pedophiles would be considered bigoted behavior and that they owe reparations for either their race, gender and/or sexuality for “oppressing” such people.
Seriously, the Left is hunting these kids at the earliest age they can. Notable “anti-racist” racist Ibram X. Kendi has a book called “Antiracist Baby.” Of course, it’s a children’s book, seemingly aimed at toddlers. Such young children shouldn’t be taught how to be massive racists, but that’s what the Left is doing anyway. Why should we willingly be behind them in influencing young children?
Of course, no toddler will understand what the hell the book is trying to say because children don’t tend to be naturally racist like that. They don’t generally see color and have no issue with being nice to other people if such people are nice in return. However, this is still an attempt to influence these children in such an awful manner. Why would we allow the Left to have such influence over children if we can do something about it?
The Left wants to brainwash them. We want to implement systems which will prevent that. That’s what DeSantis is doing and this is a great step in the right direction towards that, but we can’t possibly end the fight there.
It’s good that high school and college students are the intended demographics of these bills, but I would like to see the Florida Congress pass similar bills intended for middle school, elementary school and kindergarten students.
At any rate, these are great bills and it’s fantastic that Gov. DeSantis has signed them into law. But this is just the first step in taking back education from the Left. Other states will likely follow suit and go into other areas of education as well. I pray that this will serve as the catalyst for much needed positive change in this country’s Leftist educational system.
“And give no opportunity to the devil.”
It is often the case that what the government intends with a particular plan, the opposite intended effect ends up occurring. Ludwig von Mises explained this particular phenomenon using the example of the price of milk while addressing the University Club in New York back in 1950:
“The government believes that the price of a definite commodity, e.g., milk, is too high. It wants to make it possible for the poor to give their children more milk. Thus it resorts to a price ceiling and fixes the price of milk at a lower rate than that prevailing on the free market. The result is that the marginal producers of milk, those producing at the highest cost, now incur losses. As no individual farmer or businessman can go on producing at a loss, these marginal producers stop producing and selling milk on the market. They will use their cows and their skill for other more profitable purposes. They will, for example, produce butter, cheese or meat. There will be less milk available for the consumers, not more.”
In essence, what he explains is that the results of central planning by governments will often end up creating the opposite intended effect (provided they actually intended to improve the situation and not make things worse). This is what has recently happened in the State of Hawaii, which is seeking to fully transition to “renewable energy” by the year 2045 and replace their last coal power plant with The Kapolei Energy Storage Facility, which is basically an enormous battery.
The intent was to have this “green” battery, powered by wind, solar, etc., replace the output of the coal power plant (it’s a 185-megawatt storage facility compared to the 180-megawatt coal plant, so it generates more power, which is good) and make the state a little bit “greener.”
However, there are seemingly unintended issues and consequences coming as a result of the use of this battery. Namely, the issue of delays to renewable projects. This is a problem for two reasons:
First, as Pacific Business News reported back in March, the delays “will leave Oahu (the island where this is taking place) with a very tight fuel reserve margin, opening up the possibility of rolling blackouts in the event of failure.”
In essence, it could potentially lead to the same problems that Los Angeles had been facing some time ago, where they simply had no power at all.
Second, and the biggest problem for those who viewed the battery as an environmentally friendly alternative to coal, is that “If there is not enough solar, wind, or battery storage energy to replace the [coal] plant, [Hawaiian Electric Co.] would have to use oil instead to charge things like the upcoming 185-megawatt Kapolei Energy Storage Facility,” according to Pacific Business News.
Now, here’s the thing: Pacific Business News is being rather deceptive here. They phrase the issue as an “if” situation. The reality is, however, that there isn’t enough solar, wind, or battery storage to replace the coal plant with a renewable source of energy. Which brings us to the biggest dilemma for those who are ideologically invested in the success of this project: Hawaiian Electric Co. will have to use OIL to power the giant battery.
But wait, it gets worse for these people. Not only will they be substituting one fossil fuel source for another, they will be substituting one fossil fuel source for a MORE EXPENSIVE fossil fuel source. This led to Public Utilities Commission chair James Griffin to complain that Hawaiians would be “going from cigarettes to crack.”
“Oil prices don’t have to be much higher for this to look like the highest increase people will have experienced. And it’s not acceptable. We have to do better,” continued Griffin.
Returning to Mises, this whole ordeal is exemplary of the phenomenon I had talked about earlier. “The measure proves abortive from the very point of view of the government and the groups it was eager to favor. It brings about a state of affairs, which – again from the point of view of the government – is even less desirable than the previous state of affairs which it was designed to improve.”
Certainly, intending to replace fossil fuel with renewable energy and ending up not only using another fossil fuel source, but also one which is even more expensive than the source which they were trying to replace is absolutely less desirable not only for those in the government and environmentalist whackos, but everyone whom this affects. After all, if the government is going for a more expensive source of fuel, they have to do something to afford it and still operate normally. This, almost always, involves the raising of taxes on the population.
So this entire situation is a raw deal for the government which seemingly wanted to improve their renewable energy use, for those who originally approved of this transition because they believed it would be “better for the planet”, and for those who couldn’t care less if they were using fossil fuels or renewable energies to power things up but who will soon have to fork over more of their hard-earned cash to a government which has screwed them, intentionally or not.
What is perhaps the most unfortunate part of all of this is that many people will not learn the most important lessons to be learned out of this: central planning from the government is pretty much always a bad thing.
This has been shown to be the case in Germany (more than once), in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Russia (both now and when they were the Soviet Union and militarized the workplace to try to mitigate strikes in factories and “restore order” but it only led to more strikes, particularly in the areas most militarized), China, most countries in Latin America, and in many places in the U.S. And yet, this crucial lesson is not always learned by some people, even those who experience such central planning.
Even assuming the absolute best intentions by the government (and that requires a whole lot, knowing the evil nature of Man), it often only ends up getting in the way of the progress it seeks to create, even ending up creating regress as a result.
Like with the example provided by Mises of trying to control the price of milk for the sake of poor people, but only creating a shortage of milk in the process and making things worse for the poor, or like with the example of the current situation in Oahu, Hawaii, even under the best circumstance regarding the true intentions of the government, the government ends up making things worse, not better.
The words of Ronald Reagan ring very much true in this instance: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.”
It is no secret that the Left is filled with absolute morons at best and horrible tyrants at worst who prioritize wielding their punitive power over others above people’s safety, as evidenced by their hysterical demand that people wear masks basically everywhere (sometimes, two masks) and get multiple shots (Pfizer’s CEO recommends three shots, no points for guessing why). Insanity is the law of the land and this story perfectly exemplifies that.
Last week, Summit High School in Bend, Oregon, held its first track and field meet in two years. However, the Oregon Health Authority mandates that athletes must wear masks while competing, a proposal which is asinine and insane by normal people’s standards but is par for the course for the insane radical Left.
Naturally, because of the fact she was forced to wear a mask while competing, runner Maggie Williams began to collapse as she was approaching the finish line.
“I was pushing so hard and everything went blurry and I just fell,” Williams told the Bend Bulletin. “But luckily I fell at the right spot and crossed the line with my head.” The girl was running in the girls’ 800 meters competition while on her way to breaking a school record.
Her coach, Dave Turnbull, correctly points out that the cause of her collapse was the asinine mask-wearing rule.
“I am concerned with the mask rule,” Turnbull told the Bulletin. “This is what I am worried about, and I said this at the beginning of the season. You get a kid running the 800 with a mask on, it is actually dangerous. They don’t get the oxygen that they need. This rule needs to change.”
He continued: “I’ve been doing this for 31 years, I’ve never seen anybody basically lose consciousness. I’ve never seen that in the way it happened with Maggie.”
John Canzano of The Oregonian depicted his disgust at the state’s inability to see reason with the implementation of that mandate in an article he titled: “State leadership fails to see finish line with high school running mask rule.”
He wrote: “Distance runners are being required to wear masks while competing. Most of them are fine wearing them while warming up. But once they’re on the track, outdoors, competing in open air, the science just doesn’t support the necessity. In fact, the mandate is now raising questions about athlete safety and oxygen depletion.”
“Maggie Williams was cruising toward that school record on Thursday. Her first lap was a thing of beauty,” continued Canzano. “The second one should have ended with her breaking the finish line on her feet, gasping but with a smile. Instead, she ran out of oxygen. Her brain shut down. Her lungs quit. She landed on her forehead. Couldn’t hear. Couldn’t see. Her body crashed across the finish line. I wonder if state leaders will notice.”
And there is absolutely no reason at all for this mandate to exist to begin with. First of all, according to Canzano, Oregon is the ONLY state that requires high school runners wear masks. If even far-Left California, New York, Washington, etc. don’t require this, what is the scientific basis for Oregon to be doing it? Am I to believe that only Oregon is “following the science” while the other far-Left states, which also demand people “follow the science”, do not actually “follow the science”?
So even by Leftists states’ own standards, this is ridiculous and asinine. But here is another reason as to why that mandate is absolutely stupid: Professional athletes are not required to wear masks while competing in their respective sports.
For example, here is tennis player Novak Djokovic at the 2021 ATP cup taking a selfie with a bunch of people. Granted, the competition seems to be over by this point, as one of them is holding what appears to be a trophy, but note how NONE of them is wearing a mask in this picture:
Another example, here is an NBA bubble game from last season, when the league was attempting to continue with the 2019/20 NBA season. Note how NONE of the players on the court currently playing, or COMPETING, as one could put it, is wearing a mask:
Yet another example, here is a picture of two NFL players in a game during the pandemic. You can’t see the face of the Seahawks player, the man with the name “Wright” on his back, but you can see the Patriots player, Cam Newton, visibly without a mask, leading one to believe Wright is also not wearing a mask here. They are in the middle of a game, or competition, and neither of them is wearing a mask, in almost all certainty:
And for my final example, here are some NHL players in the middle of a game, three of them to be exact, and not one of them is wearing a mask:
So if tennis players don’t have to wear a mask, basketball players don’t have to wear a mask, football players don’t have to wear a mask and hockey players don’t have to wear a mask while competing, why in the HELL does a high school girl have to wear a mask while RUNNING TRACK?!
Am I to believe that a high school girl has better lung capacity to withstand wearing a mask during a competition than PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES? Not only that, am I expected to believe that a high school girl has better lung capacity than MALE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES?
Does a high school girl running in a track, largely by herself, pose more of a risk of spreading the Chinese coronavirus than basketball, football and hockey players who often have to make physical contact with one another to play their respective sports properly and have to travel not only across the country but also, sometimes, to Canada (at least for NBA and NHL teams)? Or than tennis players who have to travel around the world for their competitions?
What, then, is the scientific basis for mandating high school girls running track and field wear masks WHILE COMPETING, when no professional athlete is forced to wear masks and when no other state, even the far-Left ones, make such a mandate?
That’s the thing about all this: it’s not about science. It never was about science. “Science” is what the Left claims is factual and true. “Science” says that man created climate change. “Science” says that there is systemic racism and people have unconscious biases. “Science” says that men can be women and women can be men, or even a third option such as a lizard, a dragon, a tow truck, an alien, a pop corn kernel or whatever else. “Science” to the Left is merely a deity whom all must obey, not unlike the pagans and zealots of the past thousands of years.
There is simply no actual scientific basis for such a mandate, but no such scientific basis is even required. This pandemic has allowed already tyrant-like people to basically go over the edge and go full-Stalin on their constituents. A Polish preacher in Alberta, Canada keeps being harassed by Canadian police and he RIGHTLY compares them to the Gestapo and communists.
This mandate even existing at all, despite the scientific uselessness of it and even despite the fact that other far-Left states don’t have this mandate, is just further proof of at least SOME people being a little too happy to play Stalin.
I can only hope and pray that one day, some modicum of sanity will return soon.
“Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey!”
I’ve already detailed many instances of Leftists breaking their own Chinese coronavirus rules and guidelines in a previous article, but that article is already a few months old and obviously, the hypocrisy of the Left has only continued since then.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (henceforth known as “Whitler” for her Nazi style of governance) has often broken her own Chinese coronavirus rules and guidelines (and her husband is also guilty of this), but this instance in particular is especially juicy to me.
You see, Whitler’s spokesman confirmed on Monday that the governor had flown to Florida about a month ago. “In the past six months, she has left the state three times, once for the inauguration, once to assist her elderly father who is battling a chronic illness, and once to visit with Michigan’s National Guard troops,” said Bobby Leddy, Whitler’s press secretary. “All trips were very brief, two full days or less, closely followed public health guidelines, and were made when Michigan’s daily positivity rate was in the low single digits.”
“Closely followed public health guidelines”? Are you kidding me? She long ago instituted travel guidelines to keep people from leaving the state as much as possible and she broke those guidelines for her own reasons. I can understand wanting to be close to her father when he was sick and maybe traveling to visit the National Guard (which I imagine was sent to D.C. following the Capitol riot), but she generally did not have to attend Biden’s inauguration, especially as D.C. was put into lockdown and no regular civilian was allowed to attend it. She willingly broke her own guidelines, Leddy.
At any rate, Breitbart News also reported that a top Whitler aide had traveled to Florida for spring break and her trip was extensively documented on her Facebook. And like I said, Whitler also went to the sunshine state recently, though the reasons were not specified due to “ongoing security concerns” aka she went there to party for spring break.
Well, I can’t say that for certain, as I have no proof of that, but hey, the Left has no issue with accusing people with zero evidence, so they shouldn’t be surprised when their own tactics are used against them. Until proven wrong, I will allege that she went to Florida for spring break, after telling people not to leave Michigan.
But do you want to know what makes this particularly funny to me? Back on April 3rd, presumably after she herself had gone to Florida, Whitler instructed Michiganders to not travel to Florida, blaming it for a rise in MICHIGAN’S cases. Whitler told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd: “Michigan and Florida are not next to each other. But this is the time of the year that snowbirds come home from Florida, where people are going on spring break, and all of these things can contribute to spread.”
This is a similar argument to the one Leftists make to “argue” why their gun-control heavy cities are so riddled by gun violence: “It’s the other cities and states, with less gun control restrictions, that bring in the guns and allow people to kill each other.” It’s an idiotic argument because it begs the question: “If that’s the case, why aren’t those neighboring cities and states riddled by more gun violence than the gun-control heavy city?” If anything, that’s an argument that showcases how ineffective gun control is, if the neighboring cities and states, with fewer gun control measures, are less violent than the gun-control heavy cities and states.
Likewise, this kind of argument showcases how ineffective lockdowns are. If Florida is the reason MICHIGAN’S Chinese coronavirus cases are going up, why isn’t Florida a hotspot of the virus? Why isn’t the open state absolutely riddled by the virus? And if Florida is to blame for Michigan’s cases going up, then why did Whitler go to Florida for any given reason?
I mean, if the sunshine state is THIS bad for the state of Michigan, and those who go to Florida and return to Michigan are risking their fellow Michiganders, then why did Whitler go to Florida? Why is she willing to risk the health and safety of her own citizens and constituents by traveling to the, apparently, virus-riddled state?
This is the kind of logical trouble these Leftists often get into when they are utterly hypocritical about what they say and do. Either they show that they aren’t nearly as afraid of the virus as they pretend to be or as they want their constituents to be (as a scared populace is easy to control) or they are subject to the very kind of punishment they wish to deliver upon deviants, with all the accusations of “endangering their fellow Americans” and whatever else.
The only unfortunate aspect is that hypocrisy doesn’t tend to stick with them, as the fake news media runs cover for them and will always either support them in what they do or outright ignore them and their hypocrisy, as they are doing with this and many other cases. Even the most notorious of these cases, Nancy Pelosi’s insistence of getting a hair-cut, was largely run to the ground because she knows how to order the media around to get them to not cover her blatantly hypocritical (and, frankly, elitist) actions.
But regardless of the media’s actions, people still take notice. For example, Lisa Hanlin, a Polish restaurant owner in Milford, Michigan, has taken note of the tyrannical and hypocritical actions of Whitler. Being a restaurant owner, she was obviously ordered to close down due to the lockdown. She told The Federalist that people are “tired of the lies and manipulation” from Whitler.
Whether or not this, and her other actions, will lead to anything substantial and meaningful like her impeachment or a defeat at the polls is uncertain. However, one can hope and pray that these evil bastards (let’s not forget that Whitler joins Cuomo and other Leftist governors in killing their elderly populations in nursing homes) will face the justice that they deserve within their and our lifetimes.
“When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”
In essence, there are two things that I will talk about in this article: First, the failed attempt Fake Doctor Jill Biden made at speaking Spanish during an event for farmworkers (few people showed up, unsurprisingly, as she and her husband are not popular figures in America) which drew mockery. Secondly, the suspicious-looking flag that was propped up behind her as she was making that speech.
Let’s begin with what I mentioned first.
Jill Biden made that failed attempt, like I said, during an event speaking to farmworkers on the birthday of Left-wing labor leader Cesar Chavez (who is rather well-known for making bigoted remarks towards illegal immigrants, whom he viewed as repressing American workers, a stance I am not disagreeing with, necessarily, but it’s notable that the Bidens seem to revere the guy). The Spanish phrase Jill Biden tried to say was “Si se puede”, which is Spanish for “Yes, it can be done,” likely meant as a call-back to Obama’s “Yes we can” slogan (that, in itself, is a bit of a botch, since the direct translation would be “Si podemos”, not “Si se puede”).
What the fake doctor and fake First Lady actually said was “Si se pwadueh,” which means nothing. If anything, that sounds closer to “Si se padre”, which means “yes is father”, which also means nothing, at least coherently.
Naturally, because of this botch and because it was particularly unnecessary since the audience was not necessarily a primarily Spanish-speaking one (even then, it’s just pandering to try and speak Spanish in such a circumstance when it’s not expected of one to speak the language), Jill Biden was mocked online.
RGA Deputy Communications Director Joanna Rodriguez tweeted: “It’s ‘Si se puede’ (Yes you/we can) not ‘Si se pwadueh.’ I can’t even imagine what word she was trying to say. Seriously why even try pandering if you’re going to butcher it and not practice before?!”
Journalist Dania Alexandrino tweeted: “Si se what???? I’m sure some one will surely tell Jill Biden ‘puadray’ is NOT a word in the Spanish dictionary. For those who are celebrating her effort, yeah NO! Very far from ‘Si se puede’ which means ‘Yes (we) can.’ We in parenthesis because it can also be yes you can!”
It’s not surprising that there would be those who simply applaud her efforts, as there is no doubt were any person on the Right to make this mistake, they would likewise be lampooned by the Left. But since it’s a Leftist making this mistake, all the excuses are brought up.
Another person mocked: “It’s wild that in the course of three months we went from a supermodel First Lady who spoke five languages, to fake Dr. Pwadway.”
Certainly, I miss First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump. FLOTUS Melania was easily the best First Lady we had in a long time and had President Trump been a Democrat president, the fake news media would have gone out of their own way to highlight how classy she is and her life story, as well as her ability to speak five languages, which is roughly four and a half more than the current Occupier can muster.
At any rate, after the clip of Jill Biden’s failure to speak three Spanish words, people began to take notice of the strange flag that was propped up behind her because it resembles the Nazi flag so much.
That flag was the official flag of the United Farm Workers of America, which was created from the combination of two worker’s rights organizations, one of which was led by Cesar Chavez. Interestingly enough, it was Cesar Chavez who commissioned his brother, Richard, to design that flag.
Smithsonian Magazine gives more context to the reasoning behind the design:
“The story of the black eagle, the movement’s symbol, exemplifies Chavez’s skill as a tactician. He researched emblems, including cigarette boxes and Nazi flags, and concluded that the most potent color combination was red, black and white. He picked the eagle and directed his brother to draw the bird so simply that anyone could easily replicate the symbol.”
So it’s a United Farm Workers of America flag which was designed, in part, by Cesar Chavez himself and this was an event that took place on Cesar Chavez’s birthday. The flag, while strange to use given that it’s so close to the Nazi flag (the union was created in 1962, so there is no excuse for Chavez to not know what the Nazis did), makes sense for this event.
However, we have seen the fake news media searching for Nazi symbolism in everything Trump was associated with, from the stage on CPAC 2021 to an “America First” shirt which simply featured an eagle resting atop the American flag and claiming it was the Nazi’s Iron Eagle. The Left sought to push the narrative that Trump was Hitler or dog whistling to secret Nazis in America through these symbols, despite how utterly ridiculous those ideas are, so I have zero reason to be merciful to Jill Biden.
She stood in front of what looks like a Nazi flag and which was designed to resemble a Nazi flag. It was created by Leftists who at least had the courage to basically admit that Nazis were socialists (not only does their name mean “National Socialist German Workers’ Party” but their entire ideology and policies were centered around strong central government and government-controlled industries – a socialist/communist ideology) and a Leftist fake doctor and fake First Lady used it as a background during one of her speeches.
Jill Biden is a Nazi, confirmed, and has no issue with speaking in front of Nazi-looking paraphernalia. Even if she knew exactly what that flag was, and I believe she does know what it was, you would think someone who’s been on the side of “fighting Nazis” for the last four years would have a bit more common sense than to speak at an event in front of a flag that even remotely resembles the flag of the Nazis and was created with practically that intent.
Now, someone might argue that we don’t treat the Hindu swastika the same as the Nazi swastika, despite their obvious similarities, but the thing about that argument is that the Hindu swastika was used in ancient Hindu and Eurasian religions for FAR longer than how the Nazis used it. And while the Chavez flag doesn’t feature a swastika, the color scheme is clearly reminiscent of that ideology, which is very close to what Chavez’ own ideology was to begin with (again, “National Socialist German WORKERS’ Party”).
And like I said earlier, there is no excuse for Chavez to not have known what the Nazis had done by 1962. He very consciously and specifically implemented that color scheme and design for the flag.
Furthermore, even though it was an event that took place on Chavez’ birthday, there really was no need to have that flag in the background anyway. A background was not really needed, and if it was necessary for the (few) attendants to understand what this event was about, I imagine someone could have just put up a banner that said something akin to: “Celebrating farmworkers on Cesar Chavez’s birthday” or something that would indicate what the event was about and to whom it was tailored.
That they chose to have the flag there, in my mind, means that Jill Biden wants to be as close to a Nazi as she can be. Jill Biden, of course, being a socialist herself, follows the Nazi ideology anyway, but now she is practically showing to everyone that she is a Nazi almost outright.
And given the treatment the fake news media gave to Trump regarding any sort of shapes or designs that he was associated with, why would I give Jill Biden a pass for giving a speech in front of what looks like a Nazi flag?
Jill Biden is a Nazi. No one can dispute me on this, no matter how you slice it.
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”
It is unfortunate, but many times, it is necessary to learn the hard way what works and what does not. Vladimir Lenin, who initially sought and succeeded to implement communist Marxism into Russian government and way of life, rather quickly saw what happens when you go full-communist: starvation, suffering, torment, and miserable death, not just for citizens but for the country that implements it as well.
March of 1921 was a rather important time in the history of the Soviet Union. Following an unsuccessful invasion of Poland in 1920, the Soviet Union was teetering on the precipice of total economic collapse. The farmers were unproductive and starving, as was the general population. To make matters worse, hungry Soviet sailors were getting irritated with the Bolsheviks and their authoritarian ways, mounting the Kronstadt Rebellion and demanding, among other things, freedom of speech and assembly (ironically, considering these guys were self-admittedly faithful to Marxist communism).
That rebellion was quickly put down, but Lenin wasn’t unaware of what was happening. The Soviet Union, which was only a few years old by that point, was dying under its putrid system of government which killed all economic incentive. Without economic incentive, a nation cannot survive.
So, Lenin, on March 21st, 1921, began to implement the “New Economic Policy” (NEP), which began to undo the effects and causes of the misery of the previous four years, at least to an extent. The New Economic Policy, simply, is the very system which Lenin was previously staunchly against and launched a revolution to defeat: capitalism. Even Lenin was aware of what this was, proclaiming a partial restoration of “a free market and capitalism”, in his own words.
Of course, he wasn’t completely reversing course on the communist and Marxist ideology. Lenin was still a communist at heart and wanted as much communism as he could realistically implement in the Soviet Union. It’s just that he at least had enough rationality to recognize that the amount of communism he was implementing was literally killing his very country.
It’s possible that he learned, rather quickly, that it was impossible to implement communism in full without seeing extremely negative side-effects such as your country going broke. That may just be because communism only leads to such negative side-effects and it is an absolute pipe dream for it to even remotely work.
The idea that everyone is equal and gets equal results might be appealing to some, but that is simply not how the world works. We might try and treat each other equally as much as we can, but there will always be some amount of hierarchy which is impossible to overcome, no matter the economic system in place.
In a (usually) capitalist America, you have hierarchies in government, at work, on the streets, etc. There is the President of the United States (a position currently vacant, both legitimately and intellectually), with the VP underneath, and the executive branch which serves under the POTUS. There is Congress which has Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, as well as a Speaker of the House and a Minority Speaker. In companies, there is the CEO/president (not always the same person or position, though), other executives, middle-managers, etc. On the streets, there are the police, who have the authority to arrest people, etc.
What I just described as a usual occurrence in a capitalist country also happens in a completely communist country. There is the head of state and whoever is underneath him, there is the police on the streets, and there are bosses in companies (government-owned, but still) who have higher rank than those below.
It is quite literally impossible for there to be complete equality in terms of how one treats another, because some will have higher positions than others. It is even more impossible to attain equal results. Not all farmers will produce the exact same amount of produce to (be forced to) share with “the people” (i.e., the government).
Ultimately, what communism results in is authoritarianism from those who are in charge and misery for those living under it.
Ludwig von Mises put the distinction between capitalism and socialism most eloquently:
“A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system which men can live as human beings.”
Those who claim “real communism/socialism has never been tried” fail to understand that, yes, it has been tried multiple times by multiple people in multiple countries, and the results are always similar: misery, to different extents. The only difference between a communist country like the Soviet Union and a communist country like China is the amount of capitalism they chose/choose to implement. China is a bit more capitalistic than the Soviet Union ever was, but even China tried full-on Communism decades ago and it failed too.
They are still communists, don’t misunderstand, as they are ruled by authoritarians in the CCP and there is very little social freedom to speak of. But economic freedom is at least a bit more prevalent than what it was in the Soviet Union, and it has allowed China to be at least somewhat economically decent. They still artificially inflate their GDP by constructing ghost cities no one will ever live in (something which will eventually come to bite them in the rear), but they have more relative economic freedom that the USSR did.
And those who claim “real communism/socialism has never been tried” also fail to understand that what they desire is nothing but a pipe dream that, when tried, leads to the destruction of a nation in a fairly quick manner. In about a decade, Venezuela went from being highly prosperous to destitute, where their currency is literally more valuable if used to create fashion accessories than for their intended use.
All countries which turn towards socialistic policies inevitably see the results of such socialism, and can only stay afloat due to the capitalism that still remains untouched by them.
The Foundation for Economic Education gives us just a few examples of societies which turned towards communism (or something akin to it), to one extent or another, and which failed as a result:
“Ancient Rome’s Republic began its deadly experiment in democratic socialism in the 2nd Century B.C. It began as a welfare state, degenerated into a regulatory nightmare and finally collapsed into an imperial autocracy. Legislative assemblies voted into office by the Roman electorate constructed the socialist edifice brick by brick. Rome was not built in a day, but concentrated state power had no trouble tearing it down completely.”
“The Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts famously tried another version of democratic socialism seventeen centuries later. It was the communal variety, in which they placed the fruits of their labors into a common storehouse and then distributed it to each other equally… Starvation forced them to scrap it rather quickly in favor of private property.”
That story in particular we have shared with you time and time again, particularly around Thanksgiving.
The FEE also notes how the Germans elected Adolf Hitler and his National Socialists, Great Britain and Scandinavia adopted welfare state socialist policies following World War II and all had suffered as a result, and New Zealand was bogged in socialistic regulatory madness but largely got rid of such policies which have since freed its economy.
To different extents, socialism and communism have been tried, and even the ones that got just a taste of it ended up suffering as a result. Even then, they were still far better off than those which dove headfirst into communism like the Soviets and Chinese, who quickly saw how dangerous it was and needed to reign it in at least a bit.
“Real” communism has been tried by many, and they have seen their newly formed nations dying just as quickly as they were created. All forms of socialism stifle the economy and bring about suffering.
The antidote, as Lenin seemingly came to learn 100 years ago, is capitalism. Ironically, had he not died just a few years later and Stalin not taken power and gotten rid of NEP by re-socializing the economy, it’s possible that the Soviet Union might have been better off throughout its entirety. It wouldn’t have been great by any means, of course, as they still would have had some amount of communism, but they likely would have been more akin to modern-day Russia and China – still communist (not that Russia calls itself that, and are more oligarchical, but they pretty much are still that with the little capitalism they implement), but not so much that they are on the brink of death.
Surely, if even one of history’s most notorious communists learned that full communism brings economic death, then so can others in a far easier manner. I would hope that Americans who are misinformed about what socialism is and does don’t have to drag us through the lethal dangers of full communism before they learn that it doesn’t work.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
I have written many articles not only about how awful socialism is, but also about how socialism has been destroying, and will continue to destroy, the once prosperous, oil-rich nation of Venezuela.
And most recently, I even wrote an article that suggested that Venezuela was moving away from socialism. So, if that’s what’s happening, why are economic problems still ravaging the country? Well, two reasons, really. First, I wrote that article only about a month ago, so things don’t tend to change that dramatically that quickly. Second, I wrote that they were turning away from socialism, not that they were turning toward capitalism.
I pointed out how, in their transferring of regulatory power to companies allied to the Venezuelan government, they are acting more like post-Soviet Russia: Oligarchy, not capitalism.
If they were turning to capitalism completely, THEN, they would see great economic return very quickly.
But in any case, let’s focus on what’s happening there at the moment.
Reuters reports that Venezuela is running out of physical cash as Maduro is seeking to speed up the implementation of digital currency called “digital bolivar”.
“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is pressing banks to implement digital payment systems as hyperinflation prompts chronic shortages of cash in the bolivar currency, three people familiar with the talks told Reuters.”
Maduro is targeting the public transit system in particular since roughly three-quarters of all circulating cash is spent there.
Annual inflation is hitting nearly 3,000%, which is at least better than the peak of 10,000,000% back in 2018 but obviously, it is still carrying plenty of issues for the people of Venezuela. Long lines are forming outside of banks in Caracas, where residents are hoping to withdraw the maximum of 400,000 bolivars, which sounds like it’s a lot of money, but it’s barely anything – the equivalent of 20 U.S. cents.
Reuters reports: “Venezuelans have stopped using cash bolivars for food and many other day-to-day purchases. It would take forty bills of 50,000 bolivars to buy 1 kilo (2.2 lb) of rice. Instead, many use U.S. dollars in cash or debit cards – sometimes backed by U.S.-dollar accounts at local banks.”
“In a sign of worsening cash shortages, the central bank on March 5 announced it would begin to issue bills worth 1 million bolivars each. Even that would be worth just a handful of [bus] rides.”
Those 1-million bolivar notes would currently be worth only 50 U.S. cents at best, as hyperinflation, especially as more of those 1-million bolivar notes are printed, would naturally lead to even that amount of money to be worth less and less.
But cash isn’t only disappearing in terms of worth in Venezuela. Physical cash is also literally disappearing in the country. Reuters reports that only 2% of Venezuela’s total money supply is currently in circulation, which is down from 7% just a few years ago.
This makes sense, seeing as Reuters noted that Venezuelans have largely stopped using the bolivars to buy food, opting instead to use U.S. dollars, and 75% of the bolivars are used for transit fare.
The cash is worth so little that people literally make bags and purses out of the money to try and sell them outside their country. You can find listings of such products on Etsy for around $60.
Funnily and coyly enough, Nicolas Maduro admitted to cash disappearing in an interview earlier this year, saying: “Yes, it is disappearing. For Venezuela that is a big advantage.”
Of course, he did not go on to explain how or why that was an advantage at any capacity, because everyone, including him, knows that he is utterly full of crap. Like socialists tend to do, he lies to his people and tells them that the poor economic situation is actually “a good thing” or “puts us at an advantage”.
I’ve shared this story before, but I feel it’s worth repeating here.
Back during the Falklands War between Argentina and the U.K., the Argentine government would often report to its citizens about how they killed this many English soldiers or they took this much amount of ground, etc. If you were living in Argentina during this war and your only source of information was the Argentine media, you would believe that Argentina (which had not fought anything resembling a real and direct war in over 100 years) was kicking British butt. Just 10 weeks after the war started, it ended in Argentine defeat.
Again, if you were just consuming the Argentine media, you were led to believe Argentina was winning against the Brits (specifically, the British Navy, which is even more unbelievable), only to find a few weeks later that your country just lost the war and the Falkland Islands (which were called “Las Malvinas”) remain a British colony. All lies, which is no different from what Maduro is doing.
The only difference, perhaps, is that the Venezuelans likely aren’t buying the crap Maduro is selling because unlike Argentine citizens during the Falklands War, the Venezuelans are actually and routinely seeing the “advantages” of this socialist economy.
Even the Argentine soldiers were led to believe some of the crap the government was spewing. Juan Guerrera, a then-18-year-old Argentine soldier in the Air Force told The New York Times in 1982 “Nobody has explained to us why we lost. I think they should tell me what happened. Maybe I was a bad soldier. I don’t know. But I need somebody to tell me what we did wrong.”
So for anyone who understands how these socialist-type government leaders work, the crap that they spew is easily recognizable.
There is no advantage for Venezuelans that cash is literally disappearing. It’s disappearing, in part, precisely BECAUSE of the hyperinflation that the country has been going through for years thanks to the socialist and idiotic belief that printing endless amounts of money is the solution to all economic woes.
Even at home here in the U.S., there are people who are dumb enough to believe that the country is incapable of running out of money.
Clearly, such people have never heard of the Weimar Republic, where the highest inflation rate was 29,500% (for perspective, Fed Chairman Powell has to try to calm the markets about a possible 2% inflation rate in the coming months), or Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s when highest monthly inflation rate was 313,000,000%, or Hungary in the 1940s, when highest inflation rate was 13,600,000,000,000,000%. That’s 13.6 quadrillion percent. According to CNBC, prices were doubling every 15.6 hours in Hungary during that time.
At one point, Hungary even had a denomination bill of 100 quintillion pengo.
So the idea that the government can endlessly print money without any worries is something that many countries have tried and all of them have seen its catastrophic results. Venezuela is merely one of them and it’s not even the worst case. Again, the peak for them was 10,000,000% inflation rate in 2018. Yugoslavia in the 90s and Hungary in the 40s would both kill for 10 million percent inflation rate. But all of them, to different capacities, have suffered greatly and excruciatingly because of the erroneous belief that the government is incapable of running out of money.
Venezuela is seeing this first hand right now and, again, their physical cash is worth so little that they are better off making handbags and purses out of them and selling them outside the country than actually using them to buy things.
This ought to be a major warning for any and all countries who think hyperinflation is no big deal or that socialist policies which are misguided at best such as endless money printing is not only achievable but beneficial. History has proven to those who pay attention to it that such policies not only don’t work and are unobtainable (endless physical cash requires endless use of paper which means endless cutting down of trees, so this is a bad idea even from an environmental standpoint) but are altogether detrimental in horrible ways for the people of those countries.
Learn from history, or you’ll be doomed to repeat it, as they say.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
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