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Why Are Liberals Silent About Venezuela’s Socialist Nightmare?

There’s a quote from John Derbyshire that immediately comes to mind anytime I hear someone justifying socialism by talking about all the “free stuff” it affords the citizens: “Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.”

As the world’s socialist governments continue to crumble, as they inevitably always do, its important to remember that there was no shortage of liberals praising the decision of these countries to floor it down the Road to Serfdom.

In 2013, liberal pundit David Sirota praised Venezuela’s socialist “success,” running an article headlined “Hugo Chavez’s Economic Miracle.”

liberals silent on venezuela

Famed leftist Noam Chomsky also supported the Chavez regime, particularly its anti-Americanism, believing that Chavez brought forward the “historic liberation of Latin America” and proved “destructive to the rich oligarchy.”

When Greece elected their socialist government, the far-left US Uncut published the following message congratulating them on making history:

liberals silent on venezuela

As both nations see their economies, institutions, and social order crumble, those previously praising their descent into socialism have gone “mysteriously” quiet. Try confronting them about why, and the reaction will be something like what’s parodied in the comic below:

liberals silent on venezuela

It’s always the same. The socialists make the same excuses no matter how many times socialism fails. Incredibly, they usually end up blaming the failure of socialism on capitalism.

Or, as the bozo at the bottom of the cartoon does, they change the subject. What else is new?


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