Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Meanwhile, Back in Chavezistan (Part III)...

Hugo Chavez has declared "Socialism or Death" for Venezuela. Well ummmm, I guess rest in peace, Venezuela... Go ahead and follow the other former socialist countries over the cliff.

3 comments:

cs said...

socialism will be easier for venezuela due to the huge amount of oil revenue. Hopefully their current leadership will see that it is finite, and use that money to build infrastructure that can provide more longterm income, ala UAE

also: viva socialism! It's the first step towards the totalitarian facism that I've been lauding lately

Rocketman1200 said...

ah, CS. I enjoy your contrarianism. You forget though, that the soviet union enjoyed vast resources, in fact still Russia has one of the largest oil reserves in the world, but that did not save it. You also forget that in most oil-rich countries under totalitarian rule, vast swaths of the population live in poverty. Chavez will just be the latest criminal to steal the wealth of the people of Venezuela. Mark my words, that country is up for some serious unrest and instability, followed by a serious dose of collapse.

cs said...

the soviet union had issues aside from it's socialism. Definitely not the best platform to present such an unpopular ideology. Firstly, the shear landmass of the USSR makes it difficult to administer. To do it properly you need more people to administer it, and the more people involved the greater the chance of failure due to human error.
Secondly, also due to the landmass and subsequent large population, USSR was immediately put up to the same expectations as the united states. Your argument now will be that if the US can do it why can't USSR, well socialism is harder to implement, though when done right it will be the holy grail of all ideologies.

So basically, venezuela presents a better platform to implement socialism on. It's physically smaller, and easier to manage, and it has resources that are easily converted into cash dollars. I think that once socialism has been proven on a smaller scale like that, it will provide good experience and techniques that we can use to apply it to the nation formerly known as the united states