Socialism brings with it a slew of massive problems that are extremely difficult to overcome, which is why the economic and governmental system is basically always a death sentence for any nation. Venezuela is currently experiencing this slow and painful death.
If they aren’t finding problems with gas and oil (despite being one of the most oil-rich nations in the world), they are finding problems with food sources. If not that, it’s medical problems. If not that, it’s electricity problems. If not that, it’s election integrity problems. Usually, these problems are not mutually exclusive and happen all at once. And most recently, we find that the country’s education system is all but obliterated.
The New York Times (of all people) published a story highlighting the fact that many kids pass out during class or school-hours in general due to a lack of food.
“Hundreds of children filed into their school courtyard to hear a local Catholic bishop lead prayers for their education… By the end of the 15-minute ceremony, five children had fainted and two of them were whisked away in an ambulance. The faintings at the primary school have become a regular occurrence because so many students come to class without eating breakfast, or dinner the night before.”
What’s more, many students have altogether stopped attending school ever since the schools stopped providing lunches. Others have also stopped attending due to an inability by parents to afford school uniforms.
In general, kids are far more encouraged to get a job and begin to help in providing their families with food and money than go to school. This sort of thing happens in two places: the Middle Ages and socialist countries.
I’ve already explained in multiple articles that socialism brings people to slavery and to antiquated times – times when people lived far worse lives and with less-advanced commodities afforded to them.
But a lack of food is far from the only problem the education system in Venezuela has to face. A lack of teachers is also a major concern. With the GDP per capita in Venezuela at about $2,500 a year, compared to the $55,000 in the US, teachers make almost nothing, as the NYT further reports:
“’An entire generation is being left behind,’ said Luis Bravo, an education researcher at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. ‘Today’s education system doesn’t allow children to become meaningful members of society.’”
“The government stopped publishing education statistics in 2014. But visits to more than a dozen schools in five Venezuelan states and interviews with dozens of teachers and parents indicate that attendance has plummeted this year. Many schools are shuttering in the once-wealthy nation as malnourished children and teachers who earn almost nothing abandon classrooms to scratch out a living on the streets or flee abroad…”
“In Venezuela’s most-populous state of Zulia, up to 60 percent of about 65,000 teachers have deserted in recent years, according to estimates by Alexander Castro, head of the local teacher’s union. ‘They tell us that they prefer painting nails for a few dollars than work for a minimum wage,’ Mr. Castro said… Maracaibo’s biggest school no longer has any functioning bathrooms. It was designed for 3,000 students; only 100 now show up.”
This, of course, is pretty bad news for the future of the country. With few children and even fewer teachers being around, there will be less high-skill workers available in the future. Children who perhaps had ambitions to become doctors and help out sick people might no longer have such an option due to hunger, a family struggling to just survive and needing all available hands on deck to bring in money and food, and people actually qualified to teach children becoming more and more scarce as time goes on.
And the biggest culprit here is none other than socialism. I’m not surprised whatsoever that the government of Venezuela stopped publishing education statistics in 2014. They would’ve been embarrassed and told that something was going terribly wrong in their little paradise.
If you remember, back in February of this year, Univision’s Jorge Ramos was detained by Maduro’s officials, who had him and his crew thrown into a security room and their equipment confiscated after Ramos made the mistake of showing Maduro, whom he was interviewing, a video of kids rummaging through a trash truck in search of food.
Clearly, Maduro doesn’t like to be told or shown that his socialist paradise is anything but that, and punished the American journalist as much as he could without violating international law. So it’s no surprise that in 2014, the same Maduro had ordered for information relating to education statistics to no longer be published and made known to the public. Anything that makes him look like a terrible leader and anything that could jeopardize his own power must be eliminated, even if it’s just a spreadsheet.
This is the way that socialist/communist dictators act. Maduro doesn’t care that his people are starving. He doesn’t care that there are electricity problems. He doesn’t care that there is a gas and oil shortage. He doesn’t care that people are dying due to the extremely shoddy healthcare system. He doesn’t care that schools are essentially being abandoned both by teachers and by students who can no longer afford to attend what are supposed to be considered “free” education facilities. He doesn’t care that children have to rummage through garbage in search of food. In his own eyes, he’s God.
He thinks he is beloved because everyone around him would risk execution if they told him THE TRUTH. He thinks there is no actual problem in Venezuela and any problems that may exist are either due to the “far-right” or they are just fabrications created by said “far-right”. He lives in his own little world, ignoring what his socialist policies are doing to his people, and living a grand life in his own palace.
He is the epitome of a socialist elite, much as the elites in D.C. are. These people live in their own little bubble, which is why the American elites bring in Harvard and Stanford Law professors (who have extensive records of anti-Trump sentiment and one of them might’ve become a Supreme Court Justice had Hillary won) to impeachment hearings to further spread hearsay and pass it off as objective fact. They think most Americans will be impressed by Ivy League Law professors but this very sentiment proves the elitist, snobbish culture of the Washington Elites.
Maduro is not too different, only he already has the kind of power the American Left wishes they had. But the problems that face Venezuela, though will absolutely never be remedied by Maduro, largely due to the fact that his ideology is the biggest reason for these problems in the first place, will only get worse as time goes by.
Like I said, kids not going to school is largely a problem for a country, and particularly, a country’s economy. Now, the economy is already in the toilet and no efforts are being made to improve it, but the future only looks worse for Venezuela if the trend continues. Never mind being a third-world country, Venezuela runs the risk of outright becoming a nation that is centuries behind the modern world.
Most children, if this trend continues, will only know how to perform manual labor or other generally low-skilled jobs. Jobs like doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists and other generally high-skilled jobs will become more and more rare unless something drastic happens that changes things.
This is what rampant socialism does to a country. The U.S. wouldn’t be very different if it implemented socialism and totally, or mostly, replaced capitalism. The problems we see happening in Venezuela are problems that can happen in this country and, funny enough, tend to happen wherever there are socialists in charge. California is just one of these examples and would in all likelihood be a failing economy if it weren’t part of the United States.
Socialism/communism, like I said in my previous article, is a plague that must be eliminated completely.
“Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.”
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