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They're destroying the world," Chavez said, citing melting glaciers in the Andes and predictions of rising sea levels. "The human race will be finished if we don't change the world capitalist system.
Venezuela is using public investment, foreign direct investment, public education, and the law in order to craft a sustainable solution to the rapidly growing demand for electricity that has resulted from economic growth and poverty reduction.
Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.
September 30, 2013 - Maduro announces on state-run VTV that he is expelling three U.S. diplomats. He claims they were involved in a widespread power outage earlier in the month. "Get out of Venezuela," he says, listing several names. "Yankee go home. Enough abuses already."
Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz said on Thursday that people involved in hoarding of basic staples would face serious sanctions. In the regard, she called on prosecutors to seek their detention.
As Vice News reports, President Nicolás Maduro signed a new law last week that requires "all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how" to work in agricultural fields on demand. The new law mandates that citizens can be required to work in the agricultural sector for a period of 60 days which can be extended "if the circumstances require it.
originally posted by: MrSpad
The problem with Venezuela is the same as when it was a more right wing capitalist state. To much dependence on oil prices and corruption. In both cases the Government spent money based on a certain projected rise in oil prices and in both cases that did not happen causing mass inclination, food shortages, riots. coup attempts etc. Toss in massive corruption you have a Capitalist system collapsing for the same reason the Socialist one is now.
Frankly is does not matter what type of government they have if they keep doing the same thing over and over. No real lesson hear unless your economy is a one trick pony hampered by corruption.
originally posted by: Open_Minded Skeptic
Blah blah socialism blah blah communist blah blah slavery blah blah.
The economic or political model in operation in a country has very little to do with the outcome or future of that country.
What does matter is things like the money/power elite taking steps to further concentrate as much wealth into their own hands as possible and damn the consequences. Because if they have control over enough of the wealth of a country they can pretty much write their own ticket and any redress by the population at large (which is typically just people who want to live a decent - not extravagant, just decent - life) is very difficult.
And it bloody well can happen in the US, and it is well underway. It has nothing to do with left / right. It is due to the concentration of too much wealth into the hands of too few people.
That way lies madness whatever you want to call the system.
Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said the event marked the renewal of efforts to disarm Venezuelans, through a combination of seizures and a voluntary program to swap guns for electrical goods. Venezuela has the world's second highest murder rate and the street gangs that plague its poor neighborhoods have become increasingly heavily armed in recent years, at a time when a deep recession has reduced resources available to police. Gangs often get weapons from the police, either by stealing them or buying them from corrupt officers, experts say. With inflation of 185 percent in 2015 and a currency collapse, police salaries have fallen far behind rising prices creating more incentives for corruption.
Venezuela has a dominant-party system, dominated by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and where other numerous parties exist. The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV) was created in 2007, uniting a number of smaller parties supporting Hugo Chávez's Bolivarian Revolution with Chávez's Fifth Republic Movement. PSUV and its forerunners have held the Presidency and National Assembly since 1998. The Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD), created in 2008, unites much of the opposition (A New Era (UNT), Project Venezuela, Justice First, Movement for Socialism (Venezuela) and others).
In August 2007, as part of his push toward "21st Century Socialism," President Chavez proposed a series of constitutional reforms that would have, among other things, defined Venezuela as a socialist state and significantly weakened protections for private property. Voters rejected these proposals by a slim margin in a December 2007 referendum, but President Chavez decreed 26 new laws on July 31, 2008 that implemented some of the rejected constitutional reforms and weakened property rights. The National Assembly passed many of the most important reforms rejected in the referendum in December 2010. Among the most important were the five “popular power” laws intended to create a communal state and economy.