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    CookieMonster CookieMonster is offline

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    Socialist paradise Venezuela can't even keep the lights on.

    of course it's all the fault of the "great satan" or some ************************e like that...

    Venezuela Plans to Ration Power for Second Year, Minister Says - Bloomberg

    Power shortages and electricity rationing for the second year in a row in a country awash with oil.
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    socialism ALWAYS fails. I feel sorry for the people of Venezuela (I've met a few) and Cubans and North Koreans and hope one day they are free.
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    Ah give Chavez a chance, at least he is a man of the people, not a champagne socialist living in an ivory tower dictating everyone else's social choice in egalatarian poverty....

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    Like a lot of attempted social revolutions, the good ideas and intentions get derailed by reality and veer into dictatorship and repression. It's a recurring theme unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casillas View Post
    Like a lot of attempted social revolutions, the good ideas and intentions get derailed by reality and veer into dictatorship and repression. It's a recurring theme unfortunately.
    Very true. This was well documented and illustrated in Hayek's 1944 book The Road to Serfdom
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    did you even read the article, the country is experiencing an economic boom, the demand for electriicity is surging and the plan is to reduce unnecessary power consumption. they have had some serious problems with drought which has reduced the availability of hydroelectric power but the people of Venezuela can always vote for the old guard that looked after them so well in the good old days of american backed dictatorships. Venezuela is now a democracy and the people can vote Chavez out if he is failing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffc View Post
    did you even read the article, the country is experiencing an economic boom, the demand for electriicity is surging and the plan is to reduce unnecessary power consumption. they have had some serious problems with drought which has reduced the availability of hydroelectric power but the people of Venezuela can always vote for the old guard that looked after them so well in the good old days of american backed dictatorships. Venezuela is now a democracy and the people can vote Chavez out if he is failing.
    Indeed they can, assuming the candidate isn't denounced for some "crime" and removed from the ballot etc etc etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ffc View Post
    did you even read the article, the country is experiencing an economic boom, the demand for electriicity is surging and the plan is to reduce unnecessary power consumption. they have had some serious problems with drought which has reduced the availability of hydroelectric power but the people of Venezuela can always vote for the old guard that looked after them so well in the good old days of american backed dictatorships. Venezuela is now a democracy and the people can vote Chavez out if he is failing.
    The economy shrank last year by 2.8%, unemployment is over 12%, 28% of people are below the poverty line, inflation is at 30% and it was a wealthier country back in the 1950s.

    It has one of the largest oil reserves in the world and the country is in dire poverty, a complete disgrace.

    And big fat Chavez pigs out in his crib like a medieval feudal lord acting on a pretense of empathy. Make you puke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CookieMonster View Post
    Indeed they can, assuming the candidate isn't denounced for some "crime" and removed from the ballot etc etc etc.
    Also assuming the parliament is not gerrymandered to hurt Chavez opponents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Panopticon View Post
    Also assuming the parliament is not gerrymandered to hurt Chavez opponents.
    What re you saying? That would never happen! Chavez is a democrat, Venezuela is a democracy....


    Isn't it?
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