Sure enough, the world has good reasons to be concerned about the latest lunacy of Venezuela’s socialist government, The War on Bread:
Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments.
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 destabilizing the country.
In a statement, the government said the bakers had been selling underweight bread and were using price-regulated flour to illegally make specialty items, like sweet rolls and croissants.
The government said bakeries are only allowed to produce French bread and white loaves, or pan canilla, with government-imported flour. However, in a tweet on Thursday, price control czar William Contreras said only 90 percent of baked goods had to be price-controlled products.
But sadly, crass economic illiteracy apparently isn’t confined to government officials in Venezuela:
As a price control obsessive, I always finding it disappointing when opposition politicians won’t call a spade a spade and demand they end at once. After all, price controls may well win the hotly contested battle for the title of Most Destructive Policy of Bolivarian Socialism.
But yesterday I was left in complete shock when I heard an important opposition politician call for more price controls!
In a now sadly infamous statement, José Manuel Olivares, the National Assembly member for Primero Justicia who chairs the Health Subcommittee, said the National Assembly should push for price controls over medical consultations in private health centers, adding: “it is not a regulation meant to destroy, let’s not forget that the private sector, with 8,000 beds, caters to 55% of Venezuelans.”
…we still have opposition politicians who think if your intention isn’t to destroy something, then a destructive policy won’t destroy it. ¡Por favor!
This is, of course, a perfect example of why culture matters.
In cultures where liberty is a sacred value, price controls and other crass interventions in the marketplace are anathema.
Politicians themselves are part of that culture, and are basically aware of those policies’ self-defeating consequences.
Also, the sacredness of liberty means the people are ready to rise up in arms against politicians who might happen to loose that basic awareness.
But in Venezuela, as in much of the third world, no one will be much dismayed when a politician declares that the solution to the problems created by policies that by far have created the most destruction throughout the history of mankind… is more of those very same policies!
The politically correct will never admit it. But this is a perfect example of a people who simply have not reached a level of cultural evolution that is suitable for civilization.
The lesson for America is very simple: if you let a massive inflow of people from these cultures into your country, you can very much expect them to tolerate, and eventually to demand, such policies.
It’s not like American ideals will magically enter the deep psyches of people from utterly undeveloped cultures by osmosis as soon as they cross the border.
And once they become a large enough share of the population, there surely won’t be a lack of politicians willing to offer them what they want in exchange for votes.
Failing to see that, is simply failing to see why real American conservatives who voted for Trump are damn right to build that yuuuuge, beautiful wall.