Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Venezuala continues down the gurgler

Venezuela continues to demonstrate the inevitable downward spiral of a country in the grip of socialism: Yesterday, nationalisation and queuing for food; today, suppression of free speech, rorting the electoral system and suppressing critics. (Readers are invited to draw as many parallels as they wish with the speech rationing and electoral rorts of our own socialist masters here.)

The latest Free Radical's cover story invites the reader to compare the slow strangulation of Venezuela with the same grey death experienced in other places where collectivism has taken power. The latest news in that slide is that Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez now wants to be leader-for-life Hugo Chavez: not content with just rorting elections to gain power he's now taking another leaf out of the socialist playbook by moving to effect a vice grip on power by removing term limits on his presidential power in Venezuela, and to expel foreigners who publicly criticise him or his government.
Mr Chavez also ordered officials to monitor statements made by international figures in Venezuela. He did not mention any names, but his comments came on the same weekend that Manuel Espino, president of Mexico's ruling National Action Party, criticised Mr Chavez at a pro-democracy conference in Caracas.

Mr Espino told the conference a plan by Mr Chavez to end term limits on Venezuela's presidency were a threat to democracy.
Chavez shows the same contempt for democracy as do his confreres here. Just another step towards the same socialist suppression of criticism that every socialist country everywhere has taken.

By the way, the hat tip for this story goes to Kiwi Pundit, who rather sagely observes that with socialists both here and there tinkering with the electoral system for their own advantage that one would be forgiven for thinking that "socialists can only retain power by cheating in elections and suppressing dissent."

As I asked in the The Free Radical: are you watching, young socialists? This has all happened before in every country that's adopted your goals: first penury, then poverty, then one-party rule and the suppression of free speech. It's all so sadly predictable.

1 comment:

  1. Correct me if I am wrong but we don't have term limits in New Zealand, and nor do they have them in Australia, or the UK, and there is little chance of those three countries turning in North Korea.


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