“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it” -Thomas Sowell
Capitalism delivers even when it has been outlawed. There is a lesson in there hiding somewhere. Too bad the socialists will never ever find it.
In Venezuela, food has become so scarce it’s now being sold on the black market. One person tells the Associated Press, “it’s a better business than drugs.”
And the food traffickers are the very people sworn to protect Venezuela: The nation’s military.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the military complete control of the food supply last summer, after people began protesting in the streets over food rationing. Shortages had become so bad that people were even ransacking groceries – though many were largely empty.
These days, hunger remains widespread. But if you venture into the black markets, you’ll find foods that aren’t available in the state-run supermarkets, “where people would prefer to shop because it’s a lot cheaper,” says Joshua Goodman, the AP’s news director for the Andes. He was part of the AP team that investigated the food trafficking situation.
“These goods are only getting into the country because the military is importing them,” Goodman tells NPR’s Audie Cornish. “And when you see the food sold at these makeshift markets, there’s usually military people standing by with weapons, watching over it all, if not actually selling the food directly.” More