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Venezuela bread bakers

No bread? Arrest the bakers!

Venezuela is responding to severe food shortages just as you would expect of an authoritarian collectivism regime — by cracking down on people who produce food and seizing the means of production:

In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration accused bakers of being part of a broad “economic war” aimed at destabilising the country.

But, says the president of the Industrial Flour Union, the actual problem is that the government isn’t importing enough flour to make bread with. No doubt the Maduro and his bureaucracy can fix this by issuing a decree that bread will henceforth be made without flour. That would be consistent with Maduro’s approach to the long lines of people waiting to buy bread:

Last week Maduro launched “Plan 700” against what he called a “bread war,” ordering officials to do spot checks of bakeries nationwide. In the plan, the government said it would not allow people to stand in line for bread but it’s unclear how it might enforce the order.

Plan 701 might entail employing machine guns to do away with bread lines. Venezuela is reaching that stage of socialism.

At least the authorities may have finally resolved the shortage of toilet paper. They had already tried confiscating stockpiles and then seizing control of toilet paper factories. Taking over bakeries may prove more effective regarding the dunny paper shortage, because if you don’t have food, what do you need toilet paper for?

Such is life under socialism. What socialist country can feed its people? North Korea, China?

This is the penalty for ideology in government.

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  • Penguinite 21/03/2017, 6:30 am

    Lookout Australia this is what happens to a country that is nominally rich in resources but allows a dictator to run the place. First he surrounds himself with “true believers” by enriching them, then it’s all down hill. Even Nicolás Maduro was, however, unable to control the price of oil and then his mate Castro died.

  • Bushranger 71 21/03/2017, 7:29 am

    Hmmm! And what is happening to our energy prices under laissez faire capitalism?

    • Penguinte 21/03/2017, 8:54 am

      Too true BR except our energy costs are going through the roof, not by peoples choice, but idealism on the part of our elected leaders following grandiose plans.

  • Lorraine 21/03/2017, 9:17 am

    a little time back our socialist in this Country held up the way Venezuela was being managed , take a leaf out of their book they cried……Leftie ideology and Green maniacal policies will get us there….Oil is not gold just black stuff

  • Biking Voter 21/03/2017, 6:27 pm

    If they have no bread, let them eat cake.

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