Another Step Forward For the Bolivarian Revolution

October 26, 2011

No rationing card…yet, but some enterprising supermarkets in San Tome, Edo. Anzoategui, have started putting ink on client’s fingers in order to “mark them” as clients that already purchased the difficult to find powdered milk.(Source: Correo del Caroni).

Milk Shortages? Nahhhh, it is all opposition BS….

Oh, the revolution…

37 Responses to “Another Step Forward For the Bolivarian Revolution”

  1. firepigette Says:

    Dr Faustus,

    Interesting story.I suppose each country has been a unique example in its interpretation of the Soviet influence, depending on basic values and culture.

    Belarus is still very much like it was during Soviet times, but it seems to differ from your East German description.

    What might be similar is the tacky cheapness of many goods.Furniture there is all pretty much the same, and in bad taste, if I must say so.Velveteen living room upholstery shines hideously under ugly oriental rugs tacked to the walls( a la Turkmenistan)- cheap stuffed animals and clowns adorn bookshelves, and the same boring white lace curtains ” grace” every window.There is little variety and as most people live in similar looking apartments of about the same size, the cheap sameness of the tacky decor is quite oppressive in my opinion.

    However the traditional artisania is of very good quality.

    When it comes to music, the traditional classical music is of highest quality there, but sad to say that some of the greatest pianists in the world cannot be known outside the country.There is little reward for artists, while Lukachenko, the Russian mafia, and corrupt aduana officials do quite nicely.For your average honest Joe, there is only doudy sameness…but some would say it more equal then the US.

    Personally I have no love for enforced equality…

    Some Soviet era musicians were excellent…just look at Prokoviev…of course it all depends on taste.

  2. Carolina Says:

    …and they approved the”Inquilinato” (tenancy?) law last night.

    So if housing was already scarce, imaging now than landlords are obliged to sell it to the tenants after 20 years or so.

    I did read somewhere that it only applies to those that have more than one (or two) rental places, but still.

    How do you reverse the situation?

  3. Eduardo Says:

    Everywhere you see price’s control you see the same result: speculation, scarcity and finally black markets. And it’s from the begynning of history…

    Regarding the socialist economies, sooner or later they explode. URSS could sustain himself sometime thanks to oil’s production (sounds familiar?). The URSS in first place, and the loans from the west in second place, sustained the economies of East Europes. Until they couldn’t stand any longer.

  4. CharlesC Says:

    In the midst of a debate tonight, a fellow said-Charles-“you seem like a person who looks at reality and wants to change it not realizing that is impossible. When you
    can’ t, you get angry.” (This had nothing to do with Venezuela- but I thought in the back of my mind of Venezuela.)I thought- who is this guy? Kung Fu?Tao?
    “So I have to try and take the pebble from your palm-before you close your hand..”

  5. antonio aranguren Says:

    This happened in Puerto Ordaz Edo Bolivar at the Santo Tome Supermarkets

  6. Dr. Faustus Says:

    Having spent a lot of time in the former East Germany (DDR) during the 1980’s, I can attest to the stupidities of socialist economies. They’ve never worked, …ever. I meandered through the grocery stores in East Berlin and, like 2011 Venezuela, everything was in short supply. Everything looked cheap and tacky. At Checkpoint Charlie they made you change BRD Marks for DDR Marks. I would wander around Est Berlin looking for something to buy,…a souvenir, a trinket,….anything worthwhile taking back across the Wall. Nothing. The buildings of East Berlin were covered with huge billboards filled with inanities of the ‘socialist revolution.’ There were in red and plastered on many buildings for,….inspiration? It was all a farce. On the radio I heard the effiminate voice of Erich Honecker spurring on the German people. The glory! The success of the revolution over those bastard capitalists! It was all so depressing. ….very little different than what is going-on in Venezuela today.

    • JMA Says:

      Right there. In a short paragraph. The very wisdom of why socialism has never, doesn’t, and will never work. Excellent!

      • CharlesC Says:

        The Venezuelans who believe in magical thinking fall for Chavez’s tricks.
        Like a magician-Chavez obscures what is really happening.
        El pueblo believe-Chavez makes things happen.
        Chavez is hardworking.
        Chavez is a visionary.
        This AURA is really an illusion.
        This is why Chavez keeps details a secret-If truth got out and
        negative consequences exposed,Chavez would not be able ,
        very difficult to contain, if exposed.
        Also, this is the reason it is difficult to find a “worthy” successor
        re.-recent study at UCLA- Visionary leadership or Illusion.

        • CharlesC Says:

          Looking at Chavez’s development- outside of military training Chavez found a
          “mentor” in Castro- and Castro brags about Chavez being a good student.-
          ie. Chavez -apes Castro very well- Chavez is quick at learning via copying
          and adapting from others.
          What if Chavez had met up with a different mentor?
          (Karl Laagerfield for example-ha)
          Chavez -as Luke Skywalker meets Obi-Won________?
          Chavez learns from other thinkers. Too bad he chose to
          ape dictators…
          And -Chavez wants so much to be the “cross-pollinator” to other
          dictator-wannabees -like Bolivia, for example.
          I think Chavez has proven to be sterile in this regard- ie.
          not reproducing very well..but, Chavez tries each day anyway.
          How many young minds have been corrupted by Chavez,Morales,
          Ortega, et al?

    • Syd Says:

      Sehr interessant, Faustus. Worthy of a short story, at least. I take it you have seen ‘The Lives of Others’ and ‘Goodbye Lenin’. If not, I urge you to do so. And yes, inspiration, as well as fear tactics =>behaviour modification were the motives behind communist art. If, as an artist you could not produce these dreadful messages for the State, you didn’t eat. For there was a pox on all other art, labelled degenerate.

      I recall seeing an exhibit of (large-scale) communist posters from the USSR et al at Montreal museum of fine arts, back in the late 80’s. The simplistic and heavy-handed cubism, for the most part, commemorated the glories of industrialism, deadening all sense of my imagination. I didn’t get the same feeling from the graphic art posters and films from the 70s, produced by Cubans.

    • CarlosElio Says:

      Even today you can see visible marks of that stupidity. A couple of years ago I was in the Potsdamer Platz, near one of few remaining stretches of the Mur. On the one hand square buildings with narrow windows and on the other hand the exuberance of West Berlin. I talked to a local asking for the stark contrast. He lived in East Berlin and told me it was a nightmare. Not only the scarcity of food, but the entire life style imposed by a mean government on its own people. He opened his arms, looks up to the sky and exclaimed: this is life, freedom is life.

  7. moctavio Says:

    Chiguire Bipolar has a gruesome version, which proves why one has to check sources (like I did)

  8. HalfEmpty Says:

    I see an ad campaign, a great ad campaign, I will be rich.

    Picture of a celebrity (Maradona?) with a purple thumbs up.

    Caption: Got Milk?

    Small print, Brought to you by the Dairyless Farmers.

  9. Canadian Says:

    What? Not RED ink?

  10. moctavio Says:

    From today’s Barclays report:

    “Despite the great magnitude of the fiscal expansion (2012), its effectiveness could be limited. On the one hand, it will be difficult to satisfy all the demands of what is a bigger public sector, which now includes inefficient public enterprises that were nationalized. On the other, for a domestic economy suffering from a lack of investment, it will be hard to respond rapidly to the fiscal stimulus, which will turn into higher imports and higher inflation”

  11. GeronL Says:

    As I, a foreigner, understand it everything that has been nationalized has seen a drop in production. Is that correct? That would actually be pretty normal when those nationalized companies have no competitive pressure at all.

    Basic economics tells us that price controls don’t work. Venezuela has seen this how many times under Hugo?

    The US saw this under Nixon and Carter. When “wage and price” controls were introduced and the cost of doing business went up but prices could not, they just didn’t do business. It makes no sense to work if you LOSE money doing so. (Except in North Korea where your monthly pay won’t buy a bag of rice but if you don’t show up for your “job” at the shuttered factory you and your entire extended family could be thrown in the concentration camps. Then I guess it makes sense, lol)

    Store shelves went bare. Especially the meat sections. Later, with Carter they kept the gas rationing, long after the end of the Arab oil embargo. There were long lines at gas stations because of it. When the prices are artificially low, you get empty shelves. Not because it sells so fast, but because there is no economic incentive to produce more. If there was a profit there, there would be incentive to produce as much as they could sell.

    Nobody learns from history any more. Nobody wants to study recent history, look at what happened in Zimbabwe, the only jobs were running the printing presses making million dollar bills. Even the “powers that be” in the US and Europe fell in love with the idea that big spending governments and high debt would boost the economy. It was insanity, but they refuse to admit they were wrong. Maybe the deck chairs just need rearranged.

    Now the Chinese are doing the same act. Have you read about the dozens of new cities they are building, stimulus, they are empty ghost towns. They are sitting there because the Chinese people can’t afford to live in them and they will crumble before anyone does. I guess a major quake or tsunami would get one or two of them some residents.

    GDP is a bad indicator of the economy because government spending is a drag, a negative, not a plus. Bailing out or propping up failed companies does not help the economy, let them fail and let something better and more efficient take its place. Debt spending by government should be counted as twice as negative. We can call it the Gross Private Product.

    This is all my untrained opinion of course. History shows that nothing will change for Venezuela (or Europe, US or others) until the ideology goes away, that usually happens when a dictator dies or the economy hits rock bottom and a new revolution takes place.

    • megaescualidus Says:

      “…those nationalized companies have no competitive pressure at all.”

      That’d be one cause, taken from an Econ 101 book. The real cause is that when the Chavista government takes anything over (company, farm, etc., etc.) it does it either with the premeditated plan of shutting it down, or it simply is run down to the ground by sheer incompetence (or both).

      Miguel has already blogged about this. Government taking over companies is a deliberate plan to squeeze the middle class and anyone in general who doesn’t have a government job. This is one way this criminal Chavista government has taken over thru the last 12+ years.

  12. Maybe they should bring the empty can when going to buy the next one :S

  13. Maria Says:

    Santo Tome is the name of the red of supermarkets.

  14. Bloody Mary Dry Says:

    I don’t understand what’s the big deal with the picture. At this point the news is that there is milk @ the supermarket. Some of the people that are in charge of the country are socialist, the other part are criminals. But the common denominator is that all of them are nincompoop. So, what surprise me is that some (few) things in the country still work.

  15. Kepler Says:

    Can one offer the middle finger for the ink?

  16. megaescualidus Says:

    An outsider (a non Venezuelan national, for example) could say something like “if those Venezuelans just don’t react and keep letting themselves being bulldozed over and over by a reckless government, they have it well deserved”. Wouldn’t this comment have at least a bit of merit to it? Whether anyone agrees (or not) with it, what 12 years of Chavista rule do show is the Government will keep going against Venezuelans once and again. Whats amazing about this is, as Miguel has said many times, some of those measures, as the subsidized almost-zero gas price, really end up hurting the poor more than “la ologarquia”.

  17. moctavio Says:

    Je, je so it was Correo del Caroni and Santo Tome, Edo. Bolivar. This blog was apparently run by Chavistas today.

  18. Maria Says:

    It is the Correo del Caroni. That red of supermarkets is located in Pto. Ordaz, Bolivar State. Read the article:

  19. metodex Says:

    What happens if they go vote with that ink still on their fingers?

  20. JMA Says:

    Meanwhile, egghead is going to give the military a 50% raise in their paychecks. Pais de comiquitas.

    • CharlesC Says:

      50% +retroactive to beginning of September.
      Plus, if military person buys house- 1st month payment is free.
      If military person buys a car-1st month payment is free.

      Chavez buying loyalty. (And I have been saying cut the military..)
      Chavez buying votes…

      • CharlesC Says:

        Did anyone else hear an idiot screaming about Quadaffi
        again today? What a maroon-Quadaffi is dead.
        Chavez did not receive the script from Castro today-
        screaming without a script again…

  21. Carolina Says:

    Embarrassing is that such thing is happening, so no worries for a couple of oops.
    My mom told me they asked her for her cedula, so she couldn’t go back and get another one – at least not the same day.

  22. carlos Says:

    Miguel!!! San Tome is located in Anzoategui, not Bolivar.
    What’s up today??..:)

  23. Epale Miguel, está en el Correo del Caroní, no del Orinoco. Saludos!

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