Karl Marx Was Right: Venezuela Proves It

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Osmariel Villalobos was crowned Miss Earth Venezuela in 2011. Miss Earth is an annual environmental-themed beauty pageant.


Caracas, Venezuela (Accredited Times) – Want more equality, more progress, more social justice, and even a thinner waistline?  Try moving to Venezuela.

Yes, Venezuela, a sleepy Latin American country nestled just above the Amazon rainforest, has wowed activists for years with its dedication towards progressive governance — and the impressive results it has achieved.

Senator Bernie Sanders (VT-Socialist/Democrat) raved about Venezuela, saying:  “These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger.”

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, agreed that the Venezuelan government had made terrific strides by insuring “that the poor matter and wealth can be shared.”

Following the successful model championed by progressive economies like Cuba and the Soviet Union, Venezuela has implemented a host of Marxist measures to stimulate the economy.  Although countries like the United States have made significant progress towards realizing Karl Marx’s platform, Venezuela has made even more progress.

Venezuela has followed the progressive policies championed by Karl Marx (above) since 1999.
Progressive Hugo Chavez served as President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013.

How Marxist Is Venezuela?

Following the Accredited Times’ previous analysis of the United States, here is an evaluation of the degree of Marxism in Venezuela:

1. Abolition of private property in land and application of all rents of land to public purpose – Venezuela essentially has made the same progress as America on this item, but Venezuela also took the abolition of private property a step further by “nationalizing” (seizing) various large business operations, including:

  • Gold mining facilities controlled by Gold Reserve Inc. and Rusoro Mining Ltd.;
  • Energy projects controlled by oil and gas majors, such as ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Total, and Statoil;
  • Eleven oil rigs controlled by Helmerich & Payne Inc.;
  • A major gas injection project owned by Williams Cos. Inc.;
  • A rice mill operated by a subsidiary of Cargill Inc.;
  • All operations of local fertilizer company Fertinitro;
  • All operations of agriculture supply company Agroislena;
  • All Venezuelan operations of glass container maker Owens Illinois Inc.;
  • Various cement facilities owned by Switzerland’s Holcim Ltd., France’s Lafarge S.A., and Mexico’s Cemex SAB de CV;
  • A steel mill controlled by Ternium S.A.; and
  • Various banks, including Banco Federal, Banco de Venezuela, and dozens of small banks.

As in the United States, Venezuela imposes property taxes locally.  Each municipality sets its own rate.  As a result, most people essentially “rent” land from the government, and private property in land does not really exist.

As in all Marxist countries, government officials rightfully profited off their control over nationalized enterprises. Hugo Chavez’s daughter Maria Gabriela Chavez (above) is the wealthiest person in Venezuela and is said to have a net worth over US$4.2 billion.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax – CHECK. Like the United States, Venezuela has a heavy progressive tax rate.  Surprisingly to some, Venezuela’s top tax rate, 34%, is actually lower than the United States federal government’s top tax rate of 39.6%.  The U.S. rate is even higher when factoring in state tax rates, which can go as high as 13.3% in California.  So, with respect to taxation, the United States is actually substantially more Marxist than Venezuela.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance – As in the United States, Venezuela has heavy inheritance taxes, which can go as high as 55%.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels – Venezuela has actively confiscated property from capitalist pigs who have dared to attack the socialist paradise, but more undoubtedly needs to be done.

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly – CHECK.  The government-controlled Central Bank of Venezuela controls credit for the entire country.

6. Centralization of the means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state – CHECK.  The Venezuelan government controls the roads and communications companies, including CANTV, the largest telecommunications provider in Venezuela.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan – CHECK.  As noted, the Venezuelan government seized various factories and production facilities to give the people “public options” in deciding what to buy.

8. Equal obligation of all to work.  Establishment of Industrial armies, especially for agriculture – CHECK.  Venezuela unionized the country and built armies of paramilitary “Chavistas” to attack anyone who criticizes the Venezuelan government.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the population over the country – CHECK.  Venezuela has adopted the most recent technologies in combining agriculture with manufacturing, particularly with the nationalizations of Fertinitro and Agroislena.  The Venezuelan government also launched a National Railway Development Plan to create 15 railway lines across the country with 8,500 miles of track by 2030 in order to distribute the population more equitably over the country.

10. Free education for all children in government schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc. etc. – CHECK.

Venezuela’s Economic Scorecard:  A+ 

Venezuela’s progressive economic policies have made the country the envy of Latin America.  Not only has the country prospered economically, but its people have also thrived considerably by the more equitable distribution of wealth.

Most notably, the average Venezuelan reported losing an average of 19 pounds in a study conducted in 2016.  How many Americans would love to have those weight loss results?  Venezuelans have even named their healthy eating practices the “Maduro Diet”, after current progressive Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Nicolas Maduro, the current President of Venezuela, is a healthy diet advocate, just like Michelle Obama.

Venezuelans have also adopted more sustainable food practices.  While restaurants and grocery stores in the United States routinely throw away over 40% of food, Venezuelans have followed the local produce model championed by healthy food advocates like Michelle Obama.  Venezuelans eat whatever they can find locally.  Venezuela has shown that in agriculture, as in healthcare, “single payer” is better.

Venezuela has also achieved significant results on the overpopulation front.  Venezuela’s population is actually currently shrinking.  That’s great news for environmental activists concerned about CO2 emissions.

Although Venezuela has faced some economic challenges from recent oil price declines, Venezuela’s Marxist government has dealt with those challenges far better than non-Marxist governments, such as those in other oil-and-gas-based economies, including Russia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Trinidad & Tobago (a neighbor to Venezuela).  To deal with the minor turbulence, Venezuela has followed the tried-and-true progressive method of Central Bank money-printing, plus vigorous minimum wage increases and price controls to keep capitalists from price-gouging.  As a result, regular people continue to live the high life and keep earning more and more money.  Bakers and milkmen now typically make eight times what they made last year for bread and milk, respectively.  Maduro even recently raised the minimum wage by 60% to over 200,000 bolivares per month.  Imagine if you made $200,000 or £200,000 per month!  

Capitalist pigs are currently attempting to undermine the “Venezuelan dream” with lies and propaganda.  They are even trying to mount a fascist coup with the help of traitors in the military.  Don’t believe the lies.  Venezuela is a progressive success story.

Karl Marx was right.  Bernie Sanders was right.  Socialism works.

Pbier

Wow, what a fantastic article. Just as I thought I had the Nobel Prize for Literature sown up with the apparently Hemmingway-esque writing (better, more progressive), you knock the ball out the park with this effort. Focusing only on the first photo, I have a gut feeling that Venezuela could be for me. From her kind smile and trustworthy eyes, she seems much more reliable than the Russian Lady I recently transferred $10k to.

Expat Logger
Expat Logger

Don’t do it Pbier! Venezuela is a mess, and the lovely Osmariel only accepts gold as payment. With MDB away on his latest gender surgery, after rejecting Missy’s sister, the saying goes when the cat’s away, the mice will play! So will you consider Missy’s sister?

jfb

You should stick to your russian bride rather than to behave like a rude macho; she is probably too shy to recontact you. $10k can barely pay for one cataract, one eye in Russia, I think that she needs another $10K, same canadian bank account as usual, she’ll send you some pictures even more exciting than the first time.

Expat Logger
Expat Logger

Another think about Missy’s sister is she speaks proper. Missy gave er helocution lessons right up to Julie Andrews standard which is nothing short of Nobel Literature standard!

trav777

agree; fantastic article. BLM is sure coming into xer own now. Wait, calling a black person xe is probably offensive so I should say he or else I might be violently attacked.

Expat Logger
Expat Logger

Something about the picture of Miss Earth Venezuela reminds me of our First Lady. Must be the big gold chain holding up her swimsuit. I would!

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

From Zerohedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-07/vladimir-great-sums-pope-francis-fake
Mr. Putin accurately describes Pope’s “secular sins:”
Pope Francis is using his platform to push a dangerous far-left political ideology on vulnerable people around the world, people who trust him because of his position
He dreams of a world government and a global communist system of repression
As we have seen before in communist states, this system is not compatible with Christianity**

That doesn’t mean capitalism is the solution. Capitalism creates “wealth” by dividing everything into smaller and smaller elements, that are discrete, disconnected. Rules are made as to how element A can interact with element B, ultimately the globalist rule makers control everything. Normal, natural interactions are made illegal, so independent local communities can’t thrive. Capitalism, sort of worked for the US, (without really making the people happy) because wealth flowed from other countries to US, under threat of the military.

Resilient people who took care of themselves with minimal government, in countries with higher population densities, are forced to look up to the capitalist model of US, and imitate it – fully monitored tax compliance, millions of rules, and central banking. This will not end up well for those countries. But the eunuchs under the guise of protecting the poor from the “local elites who are holding back the nation’s progress”, have sold the country to the global elites. Criticize the eunuch, and you end in jail.

A biometric unique ID program will have a law that says those who spread false information about the program will go to jail. Like holohoax or global warming. So any discussion about the biometric ID or it’s “home-grown-ness” will put you behind bars.

#russian-propaganda

#fake-news

jfb

It should be flagged as fake news as well. See this article http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2017/aug/08/blog-posting/vladimir-putin-said-pope-francis-not-man-god-blogg/
Even the dwarf Putin wouldn’t find the time to make such comments between the bombing of two hospitals.

Vladmir Putin
Vladmir Putin

This site has become a joke. Putin promoting fake news about himself 🙂

#anti-journalism

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

I couldn’t get to the story. That ass looks like a 50.

#sexist

#rape

#ageist

Black Flies Matter
Black Flies Matter
Missy Bo Pepys
Missy Bo Pepys

Moderator, you show keeping a tight grip on all the trolls here flagging their ass while MDBs away!

trav777

Venezuela’s currency chart versus the dollar looks like a rocket launch! #WINNING

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