This will start the Venezuelan Revolution

How is it that a country so fertile and who leads the world in oil reserves so poor? And by poor I mean no food, toilet paper, milk for babies etc. Women have literally stopped having kids. Is it because of war? No. Is it because of economic sanctions? No. It’s because of human corruption. It’s what happens when governments and people are corrupt. Money corrupts.

We all know this story.

The first time I went to Venezuela I drove by Chavez’s compound. It was surrounded by Russian helicopters and tanks and all kinds of military equipment. At his house! That was back in 2007 or 2006, I can’t recall.

Fast forward—>Chavez dies and gives control of the country to his bus driver friend “Maduro.” Great idea. Since then Maduro has driven Venezuela into what can only be described as a living hell. Venezuelans work but for what? Money? Money to buy what? Nothing. Food doesn’t exist except for the few connected individuals. How do I know this? Because I know people living there. And why would women want to get pregnant? They don’t. Why would you want to risk having your baby die or get severely ill from not eating right or having clean diapers? The list goes on and on.

Now for the discussion – why don’t Venezuelans revolt and start killing people? For starters they don’t have guns. The government has smartly blocked the borders and won’t let Venezuelans out much less let guns in. From my point of view, if I had no food and my family needed feeding I’d be taking drastic steps in a millisecond, not in three to four years. This is where things get fuzzy. After all Egypt overthrew Mubarak without many weapons and killed him.

Why does Venezuela continue to live in poor conditions, famine, starvation, no toilet paper, and no medicine and not revolt? Egypt seemingly reached their breaking point a lot quicker and began their revolution way faster than Venezuela. But Venezuela is slowly but surely reaching their breaking point.

What’s going to push Venezuela into all out revolt is simple – martyrdom. Seneca in his work De clemencia, wrote “Repeated punishment, while it crushes the hatred of a few, stirs the hatred of all…just as trees that have been trimmed throw out again countless branches.” Revolutions feed on this type of mechanism. The ancient Romans were in love with their bloody games at the coliseum. They couldn’t get enough blood.They kept inventing new game after new game to quench their thirst. During intermissions, they’d have lions eat people while the spectators went about their break.

The opposition in Venezuela is rioting every day. At some point the crowd will morph as it did in Egypt and become blinded by anger and outrage. The crowd will become fueled by a few heroic individuals willing to sacrifice their lives and become martyrs rather than continue to live in famine and filth. The Venezuelan government is stupid (obviously) because they’re only adding fuel to the fire. Didn’t they learn anything from Egypt? If Maduro wants to stay alive and not be killed by the furious Venezuelans, he’d have the government manipulate the masses rather than outright fighting them. An old Irish revolutionary song puts it all into perspective:

“The higher you build your barricades, the stronger we become.”

Lastly something to think deeply about. In Venezuela it’s easy to tell when you’re being screwed. It’s “in your face” and easy to see. We Americans get screwed too, each and everyday. The difference is is that we can’t see it. It’s hidden from us in the form of interest rates and hidden charges.

Here’s to the first Venezuelan martyrs – you didn’t sacrifice your life for nothing.

189 thoughts on “This will start the Venezuelan Revolution

  1. Hi James,

    Great post detailing the truth of this country, congrats. I am sitting here, writing this comment from Venezuela. The biggest problem of what is happening in this country is the fact that money/power help to empower your inner personality, this is if you are a good person, you will be a good person with money and power, but if you are a bad person with bad feelings, you will be worst with money and power.
    Sadly 18 years ago Venezuelans decided to give power to corrupted and sadistic minds, people with so much resentment, that were just looking for money and power to destroy their “enemies”. All these feelings were disguised behind a popular and somehow attractive speech.
    Since government popularity has been decreasing dramatically during the past 4 years (and they know it) they have removed their “good people” masks off their faces, and now they are doing whatever they want. For example, they are stating that they got 8 million votes on yesterday’s election when everyone in this country knows that they got less than 3 million votes. It is a fraud, everyone knows and they just don’t care.
    Why a revolution hasn’t started?…..simply because population is being massacred by the government: only yesterday the government (military basically) killed 17 persons (and I am being serious here with this complaint). In 113 days of protests and riots more than 120 persons have been killed by the military and killers paid by the government.
    In summary is a matter of having crazy and sadistic people in the government, with no other intentions but getting extremely rich (even if this means killing Venezuelans). They just don’t care about that. It is extremely sad but at this point we think we are in need of foreign intervention.

    1. Thanks for the great comment Leo! I hope that you’re doing ok in Venezuela. My wife’s Venezuelan, so my kids are half-Venezuelan. I was talking to my father in law this morning about this article and his theory is the government is intentionally starving the people to weaken them so much that they won’t have the force (fuerza) to put up a big fight. Whatever it is – you’re right. Corrupt people running a corrupt government. With 17 killed yesterday I would have thought the revolution would’ve started. Although this number hasn’t been reported I do believe you. And although there are many countries not recognizing yesterday’s vote, I think more needs to be done. This is a human made disaster – the rest of the world shouldn’t stand by and do nothing.

  2. Hello James,

    I really appreciate and agree with your thoughts about everything, the cause of cancer, corporates, system and the hidden reality of that we are the modern slaves that living in a bubble and busy with the stupid creations of media, applications, etc that makes us more and more stupid every day, change the way of your thinking, makes you more inhuman and plays and reprogram the way of your thinking about real world about people and world.

    There must be a way to awake the whole world! I wish there is!

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