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posted on May, 3 2016 @ 02:05 PM
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a reply to: LABTECH767

There is no such thing as "free healthcare" or "free education", and countries were the so called "free healthcare" is given suffer in quality and reliability of service. Not to mention the indoctrination that a state run education system instills on the youth.

For example, in Cuba children beginning at 12 years old have to work in summer hard labor camps under the worst conditions you could ever imagine. The Cuban children work under the same circumstances than children that work at the sweat shops found in countries like China, and children in Cuba have to work like this until they graduate when they are adults. Because of this, which is just one of the reasons, a lot of teenagers in Cuba decide to only graduate from what in the United States is called high school, so they don't have to keep suffering the conditions in the summer hard labor camps.

That's how Cubans pay for the so called "free education". Apart from that when these children are adults and when they are studying a career, such as being a doctor, they are sent wherever the communist regime wants them to go to put to use what they have learned so far, you have no say whatsoever on this and no choice. Not to mention that every man and woman that is studying, including medical students, is considered as being part of the military so they have to stand guard, night watch with an old rifle with one bullet, to keep other Cubans from stealing supplies.

BTW, did anyone catch what happened during the first trip to Cuba in a cruise line? As tourists were about to disembark a Cuban, who lives in the island, was waving an American flag and began telling other Cubans present and the tourists that Obama will not bring liberty to Cuba, and if Cubans want to see Liberty/freedom they have to do it themselves. Immediately after that Cuban was arrested, and you can be certain he will be charged with "conducting anti-communist protests" and will serve time in jail just for speaking the truth.

latino.foxnews.com...

BTW, before the Cuban police arrived the crowd got larger and larger, and there was a group of Cubans who started jeering/mocking the dissident. The Cuban regime does this frequently. When there are dissidents protesting they send a group of communist thugs who mock protesters and make believe others around that this is the sentiment in Cuba when it isn't. It is one of many tactics used by the communist dictatorship to try to save face and proclaim most Cubans do not feel this way. But if you listen in the video it was just a few Cubans who did this, and the larger majority, not counting the tourists, were quiet and just listening and looking.

However, Cubans have been getting more and more bold, and they are protesting more and more, and in larger groups.
The problem is Cubans know that if they protest once they are arrested the Cuban officials will get their information and will punish them for protesting by taking away their jobs, and/or the meager help they get such as the libreta food which Cubans still have to pay for. All jobs in Cuba are all run by the State/dictatorship, not to mention the time those protesting have to spend in jail which is a lot more than just one night.


The same thing happened when Obama landed in Cuba, and Cubans who were trying to tell Obama the truth, who should know really well the truth, were also arrested.



www.usatoday.com...

In Venezuela the same thing happens and has been happening.


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posted on May, 3 2016 @ 05:02 PM
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a reply to: ElectricUniverse

There's also no such thing as free people in any country.
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posted on May, 3 2016 @ 05:09 PM
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a reply to: ElectricUniverse

I could not help but think of Benjamin Disreali one of the greatest victorian era british prime ministers whom started the ball rolling with social reform in the UK, he was far from the only leader of the UK parliament to implement social reform at a time when poverty in the UK would have made the modern Cuban's look like they lived in paradise but he was a good prime minister, an immigrant eastern european Jew and convert to Anglicanism whom brought in education for the children of the poor and a great many other reform's.

But to see the time that followed his era into perspective, the following 20th century then the misery of the 19th century and it's preceding century's have to be taking into account with his ministership being merely footnote in the grand tapestry of history, by the 20th century following the first world war and more so after the second world war a well informed (educated) populace finally started crying for change and the politicians whom by this time were in greater numbers drawn from there rank's began to listen since from the late 19th through to the twentieth century's they had gained the right to vote and the right to better working condition's.

So the Socialst Ideal's I lean to have no parallel in the system which is in place in Cuba, like Russia it rose out of poverty and suffering in a violent uprising unlike the more organic and slower maturing socialism of Western Europe and Britain in particular were it was earned through a much longer fight for justice, one based on right's and the will to be treated like human being's.

Communism in Cuba therefore has nothing in common, it was propped up with Soviet era funding and without it the system is struggling and would likely have come to an end long ago and hence there sudden opening of arm's to tourists etc because quite simply they need the money and realised that without it there regime would likely fail in another 10 to 15 years.

But to understand why the Communist revolution happened in Cuba you have to look at how the corruption was rife in that island nation, how Mafia interests ran there most lucrative asset's essentially strip mining there economy with back handers to corrupt officials from the government which they all but owned and how the poor of the island were litterally living like animal's with short life expectancy's and fear of the military police with vertually no civil right's if any at all for that matter.

So Communism may not be as good as they deserved but I shall warrent that it was for a time far better than they had before it came along - at least for the majority of them.

Though many formerly well off cuban's also lost out very badly and of course the island then became a cold war threat as safe harbour and an excuse for Soviet military presence off the US coast.

There is no one alive whom can defend a system that would arrest an elderly gentleman for speaking his mind and making a cry for help like that and as you know even today despite there state education (which has made them more literate if as always under a communist system at the expence of brainwashing and indoctrination techniques being incorporated into it - but I have not looked to see if that is the case in Cuba as it was in some former cold war country's of the eastern block) and there state healthcare (Which was very good while the Soviet's were funding the Cuban's and artificially propping the regime up) but of course most Cuban's today as always dream of America.

I also remember a story about a man whom built a house there with his own two hand's, it took him many years to complete but he wanted his family to live in a proper home rather than the run down shanty they were living in with it's dirt floor, so he built this home, it was beautiful but of course in a COMMUNIST regime the party own's everything and a local party member took a shine to this man's years of saving up and buying material's and years of hard work.

He and his family were evicted from the home he had scrimped and saved to build over all of those years and that greedy eye's corrupt party member then moved in to live in relative luxury in a home that was another man's dream, a poor man's dream he stole.

Now that made my blood boil and is one other reason to HATE communism but it is not a reason to hate socialism and if you think similar injustice is not happening in the state's perhaps you should look at all the land grab's that have happened there, remember the story of the woman whose father found Santana's gold and then her claim was isolated by the US army, they then stole the gold even though they had no right to go into her claim (Which they denied her access too).

The truth is that The US system is no more functional than that in Cuba if you take away the money, but there is money there and more poeple to make it go around and the US people can if they ever wake up fall back on there fifth amendment right's and also the basic system on Paper at least is far more fair as it is supposed to be a representative democracy a democracy in which all people get there vote and play there part in a system which is supposed to be ran by a government of the people, for the poeple and by the people with the power firmly in there hand's.

Today though as you most certainly know it is a government of the Rich, Corporations and international interests, for the Rich, Corporation's and international Interests and By the Rich, Corporation's and International Interests so were is the democracy?, I have no doubt there are still many decent people in the US government but money talk's and undermine's democratic process as you also know.

Jesus once said before you point out the speck in your brother's eye take the Beam our of your own.

Rockafeller, Rothshchilde et al are the real beam in the Eye of the US and via the Billderbergers they are only a small part in a grand anti democratic scheme which is set to reinstate - if it has not already - aristocratic style governance which to you and me is also called non democratic dictatorship over as much of the world as they can not just the US and EU, don't be fooled they are looking to China with a baleful eye at the moment as China is a threat not just to everyone else but also to there plan's for non democratic global dominance, they have blinded all of you and you actually believe you are free, Wake up and see the truth.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 09:51 PM
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a reply to: LABTECH767

First of all, social reform doesn't equal to socialism... This is something a lot of people don't seem to understand. Just like the claim that only those who lean to the left are capable of compassion and charity... Social security is not socialist either, and neither is the police, nor interstate highways etc, etc. All of these are false claims to instill into people the belief that "socialism is needed".

Second of all, socialism is all about giving all power to one branch of government, the executive branch. Making socialism essentially a dictatorship because there are no checks and balances and no way to "regulate" it.

Socialists love to use "regulation" to put their greasy hands into every cookie jar available. But socialism in itself cannot be regulated because the executive branch has all the power and controls everything. They answer to no one, and they claim to "represent the people". This is why the elites LOVE socialism.

Third of all, Cuba wasn't poor before the "revolution"... Cuba "used" to be known as the "Jewel of the Caribbean". Before everyone in the United States had a tv in their homes, every Cuban home had a tv, and most people prospered even though Batista was a corrupt dictator.

Was there a mafia in Cuba? Yes, just like in the United States there has always been one, just like in Russia there is one (when it was the U.S.S.R. the mafia members were the communists in power). Just like in pretty much every country there is a mafia...

Socialists, and other "left leaning people" always use the problems that happen in every society to try to instill into people the belief that "socialism will solve it all", when "socialism only makes it worse".

BTW, if you actually think that the Rockefellers, Rothshchild ect are anti-socialists, you are so far from the truth is not even funny.

I have shown before the official websites of these "rich families" and what they want is everything that socialists want...

Remember the "socialization" of GM which Obama endorsed?...


Rothschild is one of the top financial advisory firms in the United States, with offices in New York, Washington, and Los Angeles.

In addition to our strong presence in M&A and financing advisory, we have become one of the premier financial restructuring practices in North America. Rothschild has advised on some of the most high profile and transformational restructuring mandates in recent years, including advising the US government on the restructuring of its motor industry.
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www.rothschild.com...

What they did to GM was only the start, and was a way to "test the waters" to see how people would respond.



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Advising the government on the restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler has paid off in spades. Rothschild leaped to the No. 9 spot this year from No. 24 last year in the rankings of mergers and acquisitions advisers in the United States, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data.
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dealbook.nytimes.com...

Now, look at the Rockefeller foundation and what they endorse...

www.rockefellerfoundation.org...


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From the Green Revolution that fed one billion people to the rise of impact investing, which is bringing in billions of private dollars for public good, The Rockefeller Foundation has seen that some transformations can begin with a single conversation—and an open exchange of ideas.

Hosted by Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin, Insight Dialogues is a live event and digital content series focused on sparking global conversations and action across the most pressing issues of our time. The new series will facilitate an exchange of ideas and inform the Foundations ongoing work to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable people around the world.
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www.rockefellerfoundation.org...

Remember, socialism consolidates all power into one branch of government which is easier to control by the elites.
Socialism is all about one branch of government being in control of everything.


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posted on May, 3 2016 @ 10:24 PM
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originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
Socialists, and other "left leaning people" always use the problems that happen in every society to try to instill into people the belief that "socialism will solve it all", when "socialism only makes it worse".

And those on the left say: Capitalists and "other right leaning people" always use the problems that happen in every society to try to instill into people the belief that "capitalism will solve it all", when "capitalism only makes it worse".

Of course when you don't choose a side you start seeing that both can be right.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 10:38 PM
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What's more.



Socialism
Shadow government

"To the Rockefellers, socialism is not a system for redistributing wealth - especially not for redistributing their wealth -but a system to control people and competitors. Socialism puts power in the hands of the government. And since the Rockefellers control the government, government control means Rockefeller control. You may not have known this, but you can be sure they do!" ...The Rockefeller File by Gary Allen
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www.whale.to...



...
The Fabian Society’s links to subversive money interests

The founders, leaders and financial backers of the Fabian Society were closely connected with the same interests:

Hubert Bland, a bank-employee-turned-journalist, worked for the London Sunday Chronicle, a paper owned by newspaper magnate Edward Hulton, formerly of the Liberal Manchester Guardian. Bland was a co-founder of the Fabian Society in 1884 and became a member of its executive and its long-serving treasurer. He also recruited his friend and fellow journalist Bernard Shaw.
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These already powerful interests were allies of the Rothschild Group which had close links to the shadowy world of Manchester’s left-wing media, industry and finance: the Rothschilds’ first port of call in England had been Manchester, where the group’s patriarch Nathan Meyer started his career in the textile trade.

The Fabian Society was in close touch with the Rothschilds both directly and through go-betweens like Lord Arthur Balfour. The Balfours were among the chief representatives of Britains money power and were involved in the creation of organisations advancing the money powers interests from the Anglo-American League and the Pilgrims Society to the League of Nations. While his brother was President of the Board of Trade, Arthur Balfour served as President of the Local Government Board and later as Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary. While serving in these posts, he conferred on a regular basis with both Lord Rothschild and the Fabian leadership and used his position to advance their agendas.

The Fabian Society has also been close to the Rockefellers who are covert Fabian Socialists. David Rockefeller wrote a sympathetic senior thesis on Fabian Socialism at Harvard and studied left-wing economics at the Fabian Societys London School of Economics. Not surprisingly, the Rockefellers have funded countless Fabian projects (including the LSE) from the early 1920s (Ratiu, 2012).
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fabiansociety.wordpress.com...

BTW, the worse problems began in the United States since the elites put their greasy hands into the system. From the creation of the Federal Reserve system in 1913 which was enacted by progressive democrats including President Woodrow Wilson and a democrat led Congress. The Federal Reserve Act goes against what the Constitution of the United States itself says which is that only Congress can issue and regulate coin/the economy. Instead control over the economy of the United States was given to a non-governmental agency.

But the Federal Reserve, which is a central bank, is one of the planks of communism and socialism.

Then there is the fact that all property has a tax, implemented with "progressive taxes" by the IRS, which was also enacted as it stands in 1913 by Woodrow Wilson and progressive democrats...

Taxes against property go against the right of every citizen to own property which is a right enumerated within the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. With such taxes, if a person who owns a house cannot pay taxes on that house or property, the state will confiscate that property...

The regulations implemented on businesses also in 1913 led to the rich families such as the Rockefellers and their allies to have essentially monopoly over certain businesses.

The problems that we have now have been caused by progressive ideas and the slow socialization of the American system. The same thing, or similar, is occurring in European nations with the World Bank, the IMF, etc.



posted on May, 3 2016 @ 10:49 PM
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originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
The regulations implemented on businesses also in 1913 led to the rich families such as the Rockefellers and their allies to have essentially monopoly over certain businesses.

And some people can't seem to grasp how it was that that point was reached.

What came first the rich families or the regulations?
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 02:34 AM
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a reply to: xuenchen

What evidence might you like to offer which supports your claim that the food shortages are due to socialism and no other cause at all as per your claim..

its well known some big countries interfere in the internal affairs of otter countries and this country would not be exempt so if such activity is excluded, then I think the evidence that the food shortages are due to socialism and no other cause would have to be pretty stiff.
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 09:36 AM
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a reply to: Azureblue

The profit motive.




posted on May, 4 2016 @ 12:55 PM
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originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
a reply to: LABTECH767

First of all, social reform doesn't equal to socialism... This is something a lot of people don't seem to understand. Just like the claim that only those who lean to the left are capable of compassion and charity... Social security is not socialist either, and neither is the police, nor interstate highways etc, etc. All of these are false claims to instill into people the belief that "socialism is needed".

Second of all, socialism is all about giving all power to one branch of government, the executive branch. Making socialism essentially a dictatorship because there are no checks and balances and no way to "regulate" it.



And otherwise its power to the corporations. So discussion should be who you trust more and how the balance should be.

Thing is socialism is a discussion point because the right mistakes Sanders for an absolute socialist while all he did is ask for social reforms. And move towards succesful western style socialistic countries which are nowhere near real socialism.

This thread is just 1 bad example for a country that has never been a first world country in the first place and corrupt to the bone always.

There are much better examples that Sanders was actually talking about: Most European countries care about their population far more and arent squeezed by corporations as much as Americans. Also it is very ironic you guys say you need to keep more freedom while you have a government that is much bigger and more influenced by money and more in charge than your European semi-socialistic counterparts. And also the biggest ratio of prisoners in the world. Sanders was talking about way more deeper and bigger problems than Trump or Hillary did/do. And yes solutions are social reforms. That doesnt mean youll automatically turn socialist. Why can you admit the difference here but when its brought up by Sanders supporters it is widely ignored and then socialistic reforms suddenly become equal to socialism?

Thats why theres no intelligent discussion going on here when it comes to this topic. Its far too black and white and all good examples and facts are mostly ignored and people arent open to it.

Well i see many problems in your country and it seems you dont even want to solve things since every new policy you deem socialist because more government. Except when it comes to the military and expanding it then it suddenly doesnt count. Its so hypocritical. The military is your biggest money waster and if youd reduce it by 10% you could invest in actual productive jobs and pay for social services and still be the biggest and baddest by far. Cause lets be real that size of an army has nothing to do with defence anymore.
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 02:43 PM
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a reply to: jimmyx

Yeah. First thing I thought of when I saw the title of this thread. Food riots have happened in the US and it wouldn't take much for them to happen again, but yeah… "socialists". lol

Edit - Oops I meant to quote. It's a reply to his link about food shortages during the great depression.
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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 03:00 PM
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a reply to: AmericanRealist

Out with the old boss, in with the new boss... We wont get fooled again!




posted on May, 4 2016 @ 04:32 PM
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originally posted by: Azureblue

What evidence might you like to offer which supports your claim that the food shortages are due to socialism and no other cause at all as per your claim..

its well known some big countries interfere in the internal affairs of otter countries and this country would not be exempt so if such activity is excluded, then I think the evidence that the food shortages are due to socialism and no other cause would have to be pretty stiff.


Are you kidding me? This is another problem that "socialists in name only" can't seem to understand.

Under socialism, the state distributes food as it sees fit by rationing all food. After all it's for your own good that the state dictates what you eat, and how much you eat, or so claim socialists. This is part of what "redistribution" does. Under socialism redistribution and rationing applies not only to money, but to food and other products.

Under such system, socialism, people in China have gone hungry, people in Cuba are going hungry, people in Venezuela are going hungry, and everywhere you look that true socialism exists this problem exists.

You want proof?... Look at those countries that embraced socialism. If you don't know what socialism is yet, look it up. The claim that under socialism the people have the power is a lie. Under socialism the executive branch has all power, and they claim to represent and be the people but they are not.


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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 05:00 PM
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originally posted by: ElectricUniverse
Are you kidding me? This is another problem that "socialists in name only" can't seem to understand.

Not much different then the "grandma told me how it was" anti-socialists.


Under socialism, the state distributes food as it sees fit by rationing all food. After all it's for your own good that the state dictates what you eat, and how much you eat, or so claim socialists. This is part of what "redistribution" does. Under socialism redistribution and rationing applies not only to money, but to food and other products.

Venezuela has private distributors of goods so ...


Under such system, socialism, people in China have gone hungry, people in Cuba are going hungry, people in Venezuela are going hungry, and everywhere you look that true socialism exists this problem exists.

It also exits in a bunch of countries with true capitalism. Let me guess it isn't true capitalism?


You want proof?... Look at those countries that embraced socialism. If you don't know what socialism is yet, look it up. The claim that under socialism the people have the power is a lie. Under socialism the executive branch has all power, and they claim to represent and be the people but they are not.

Three bullies splitting the power to take your lunch money makes such a big difference.


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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 06:04 PM
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originally posted by: daskakik

Not much different then the "grandma told me how it was" anti-socialists.


grandma didn't tell me. I lived it, and know by experience what socialism and communism are.


originally posted by: daskakik
Venezuela has private distributors of goods so ...


Really?...


Revolutionary Rot, But News It's Not: AP Ignores Venezuela's 'Battle for Food'
By Tom Blumer | June 22, 2010 | 12:15 PM EDT

Late last year, a story carried by the wire service AFP reported on an announcement by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez that his government would launch "a new chain of government-run, cut-rate retail stores that will sell everything from food to cars to clothing." Chavez reportedly said that these "discount socialist stores" would show people "what a real market is all about, not those speculative, money-grubbing markets, but a market for the people."

This initiative was on top of Chavez's creation of Mercal (link is to the Venezuelan home page, complete with "The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela" logo), a state-run network of grocery stores, seven years ago.

How is this great leap forward into state control working out? A June 18 Reuters dispatch carried at CNBC reports that the government can't even keep its food fresh. But that's okay. The wire service takes a while to get there, and even then a bit of interpretation is necessary, but eventually we learn that the Chavez "solution" to that thorny problem is to seize replacement goods from private merchants:

Hugo Chavez Spearheads Raids as Food Prices Skyrocket

Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: Food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution.

Venezuelan army soldiers swept through the working class, pro-Chavez neighborhood of Catia in Caracas last week, seizing 120 tons of rice along with coffee and powdered milk that officials said was to be sold above regulated prices.

"The battle for food is a matter of national security," said a red-shirted official from the Food Ministry, resting his arm on a pallet laden with bags of coffee.

It is also the latest issue to divide the Latin American country where Chavez has nationalized a wide swathe of the economy, he says to reverse years of exploitation of the poor.
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www.newsbusters.org...

Sooo...I guess you didn't get that memo...

You want to see it again?...


80,000 tons of food rotting in Venezuela government warehouse
06/22/2010 Wintery Knight 2 Comments

Story from CNBC. (H/T Barb’s Blog)

Excerpt:

Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: Food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution.

Venezuelan army soldiers swept through the working class, pro-Chavez neighborhood of Catia in Caracas last week, seizing 120 tons of rice along with coffee and powdered milk that officials said was to be sold above regulated prices.
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winteryknight.com...

Meanwhile the people of Venezuela went hungry because of socialism, tens of thousands of food were rotting away in government warehouses. That means run by the government.

Second, because of the opening of those government run stores just like in Cuba Chavez implemented heavy taxes on food wholesalers which only made them bankrupt.




originally posted by: daskakik
It also exits in a bunch of countries with true capitalism. Let me guess it isn't true capitalism?


Under capitalism unfortunately it happens to some people. Under socialism and communism it happens to everyone. Including to the majority of left-wingers who wanted socialism in the first place.


originally posted by: daskakik
Three bullies splitting the power to take your lunch money makes such a big difference.


Yes it does. It is harder for the elites to control everyone when the power is split in different branches of government. It is a lot easier for them to control everything when one branch of government has all the power. More so when socialism takes away so many rights from people for their own good and the good of the planet.


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posted on May, 4 2016 @ 06:11 PM
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a reply to: daskakik

Oh, and not only that. Even after all the problems socialism caused in Venezuela, Maduro introduced a food id card, a system similar to that of Cuba and other socialist/communist regimes.


CARACAS, Venezuela -- Grappling with scarcities of sugar, milk, cornmeal and other basic foods, the Venezuelan government Tuesday unveiled a new electronic identification system for shoppers that critics say is a modern version of a ration card. President Nicolas Maduro described it as a means ofsafeguarding food sovereignty.
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articles.latimes.com...

Socialists always claim everything they introduce to take more control and control what people can eat, how much they can eat, etc, it's for the good of the people... But it never is...



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 06:28 PM
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originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: xuenchen

People just don't appreciate the gifts of hunger and poverty that socialism provides!


right...because you, being an economic expert, know that there couldn't be any other reason for the empty shelves.....you must be a trump voter



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 06:33 PM
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a reply to: jimmyx

You want to root for socialism?

Knock yourself out.

I prefer freedom and individual liberties myself, but to each their own.



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 06:40 PM
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originally posted by: jimmyx

right...because you, being an economic expert, know that there couldn't be any other reason for the empty shelves.....you must be a trump voter


You do love to ignore reality don't you?...


Revolutionary Rot, But News It's Not: AP Ignores Venezuela's 'Battle for Food'
By Tom Blumer | June 22, 2010 | 12:15 PM EDT

Late last year, a story carried by the wire service AFP reported on an announcement by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez that his government would launch "a new chain of government-run, cut-rate retail stores that will sell everything from food to cars to clothing." Chavez reportedly said that these "discount socialist stores" would show people "what a real market is all about, not those speculative, money-grubbing markets, but a market for the people."

This initiative was on top of Chavez's creation of Mercal (link is to the Venezuelan home page, complete with "The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela" logo), a state-run network of grocery stores, seven years ago.

How is this great leap forward into state control working out? A June 18 Reuters dispatch carried at CNBC reports that the government can't even keep its food fresh. But that's okay. The wire service takes a while to get there, and even then a bit of interpretation is necessary, but eventually we learn that the Chavez "solution" to that thorny problem is to seize replacement goods from private merchants:

Hugo Chavez Spearheads Raids as Food Prices Skyrocket

Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: Food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution.

Venezuelan army soldiers swept through the working class, pro-Chavez neighborhood of Catia in Caracas last week, seizing 120 tons of rice along with coffee and powdered milk that officials said was to be sold above regulated prices.

"The battle for food is a matter of national security," said a red-shirted official from the Food Ministry, resting his arm on a pallet laden with bags of coffee.

It is also the latest issue to divide the Latin American country where Chavez has nationalized a wide swathe of the economy, he says to reverse years of exploitation of the poor.
...

www.newsbusters.org...

Sooo...I guess you didn't get that memo...

You want to see it again?...


80,000 tons of food rotting in Venezuela government warehouse
06/22/2010 Wintery Knight 2 Comments

Story from CNBC. (H/T Barb’s Blog)

Excerpt:

Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: Food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution.

Venezuelan army soldiers swept through the working class, pro-Chavez neighborhood of Catia in Caracas last week, seizing 120 tons of rice along with coffee and powdered milk that officials said was to be sold above regulated prices.
...

winteryknight.com...



posted on May, 4 2016 @ 06:47 PM
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a reply to: DBCowboy

To socialists in name only and real socialist it is always the same... It is never the food riots on private food stores and wholesalers that socialists implement... It is never the increased taxes on food and other products that stop wholesalers from sending food to supermarkets because they are bankrupted by the socialist regulations. And most of all, it is never the fault of socialism that socialists not only implement food rationing, police led riots into private food stores and supermarkets, or the fact that socialists governments put all this food in government run warehouses and let tens of thousands of food rot meanwhile their people go hungry...



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