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.