20 Years After Socialist Takeover, 1 In 3 Venezuelans Are Starving

One of every three people in Venezuela is fighting to put enough food on the table, according to a study published Sunday by the U.N. World Food Program.

The assessment found that 9.3 million people are “food insecure.” Seventy percent of Venezuelans said that while food is available, they cannot afford it.

Fox News:

In 1998, a career military officer was elected president of the wealthiest country in Latin America on a platform of socialism. It was an election victory that shocked the world, as many believed that the catastrophic failure of the Soviet Union had closed the book on socialism as a form of government.

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“The philosopher Francis Fukuyama famously declared that history itself had ended,” narrated Fox News anchor Bret Baier in Fox Nation’s “The Unauthorized History of Socialism.”

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“Western liberal democracy had emerged, as what he called, the final form of human government,” continued Baier, “But did the collapse of communism really mean the end of socialism?”

Today, Hugo Chavez is gone, but his socialist “Bolivarian Revolution” drags on, trapping oil-rich Venezuela in an escalating state of crisis.

After assuming power, Chavez instituted a traditional socialist agenda, hiking taxes, nationalizing private industries and increasing spending on social programs to 40 percent of GDP.

From 2007 to 2010, the Chavez regime seized majority control of four massive oil projects and American-owned oil rigs, and implemented a new tax on oil production, among other measures.

“Chavez won four national elections in a row,” said Baier in the Fox Nation piece, “But when oil prices fell, the flaws of what was now called Chavismo were starkly revealed.” More

Venezuela was the richest country in South America and Venezuelans chose their socialist rulers. Let’s not make the same mistake in our nation.

American Liberals haughtily say “That won’t happen here” and push for the same kind of transition here. How many examples of failed socialism do we need to have before they will realize that socialism and America were never meant to be?

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