Sunday, June 20, 2010


"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."

It seems to me that it should be apparent to anyone that can unbridle themselves from ideologically driven thought that Marxism always fails and capitalism generally works. Note I didn't say capitalism always works because sometimes people abuse the system. But outside of the occasional abuse, which system would I rather live under? The one where the evil capitalist profits by making sure that I have fresh food to buy because it benefits him and his business, or the enlightened Marxist system where some bureaucrat plays God and tries to manage the market to make sure I have fresh food based not on my needs but on government directive.

Caracas or Cleveland; Havana or Harrisburg. Decisions...decisions.

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