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Some Quick Thoughts on the Mainstream Media Coverage of Venezuela

One of the most popular talking points spouted by CONservative losers in response to any talk about implementing more socialistic policies in USA goes something like this.. “but, but look at Venezuela”. Of course, the majority of idiots.. older white people.. still appear to blindly accept this bullshit in spite of the fact that most countries in western and eastern Europe have continued to successfully implement pretty socialistic policies since end of WW2. But this post is not about the ability of older idiots, and those living in flyover states, to delude themselves. Poking fun at the behavior of brain-damaged people does get repetitive after some time. Instead, I am going to focus on the narrative of ‘western’ mainstream media about situation in Venezuela.

Just so that you know, I am going to skip a whole lot of relevant history about why things went the way they have in that country. And yes.. it all starts with commercial oil exploration almost a century ago and how the revenues from that sector enriched the small white elite and american oil corporations at the expense of everybody else. There is also a history of extensive american meddling in the politics of that country. I could go on.. but my point is that there are many good reasons why people like Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro came to lead that country after many decades of very high income inequality with distinct racial overtones. Now let us get back to the main topic of this post- which concerns how western mainstream media portrays that country.

You might have noticed a slew of sensational “news” stories, which seem to appear every week over past five years, which seem to promise their gullible readers of some development in that country, which in the near future, will inevitable cause its “socialist” government to collapse. They have been telling their readers and viewers that almost everyone in that country is starving, most medicines are in short supply, millions are fleeing that country etc for the past few years and yet the government in that country continues to exist and a decent majority keep voting them back into power. So what is going on? Some of you might say that this is because the government in question enforces its diktat by extreme force. Oddly enough, most “opposition” leaders in that country are still alive and continue to protest on behalf of interests of american corporations.

What makes all of this so peculiar is that the western MSM have been writing the same “news” stories of great hardship, popular uprisings and inevitable collapse for about five years now.. and nothing has changed. So what is going on? Well.. I am old enough to remember seeing this sort of thing in the past. Some of you might remember how the same western mainstream media outlets were publishing tons of articles about Cuba was going to inevitably collapse in the 1990s. Do you emember how the North Koreans were going to rise up against their government in the 1990s? Or what about all those articles from last five years about how all senior officials under Kim Jong-un were going to overthrow him? And how DPRK could not make H-bombs and ICBMs.

Or what about all those photoshoots of abandoned town and factories in Russia from late 1990s and early 2000s which used to accompany articles predicting the imminent fragmentation and demise of that country? Who can forget all those articles in serious MSM outlets which have been predicting the collapse of Chinese economy since 1992 (earliest I remember) or how the The Communist Party of China was going to fall apart. And what about all those “serious journalists” who told their gullible readers that Iraq had WMDs and how “we” would win that war or the other one in Afghanistan. How have all these predictions by “experienced”, “credentialed” and “superior western presstitutes.. I mean journalists from “free” countries.. worked out?

Not well at all. In fact, during the period when the western MSM was doing all this “reporting” and making those predictions- things have been going from bad to worse in their own countries. It is USA, not Russia, that is now filled with abandoned factories and stranded ex-industrial towns. China, far from imploding, has become the largest economy (in real terms) and manufacturing superpower of the world. The Communist Party of China is still in firm control of that country and its economy. Cuba and DPRK are still around and the later has developed H-Bombs and ICBMs. Kim Jong-un is now seen as a tough, intelligent and competent leader. Iraq did not have WMDs and USA was unsuccessful in occupying Iraq and Afghanistan- though they had to spend a few trillion dollars to learn that lesson. And oh.. Trump was elected in the 2016 presidential election.

Meanwhile people in USA increasingly depend on cyber-begging platforms such as GoFundMe and its clones to pay their medical bills and even afford certain medical procedures. Most are poorly paid or have insecure jobs and live paycheck to paycheck, being unable to spend a few hundred dollars without going into debt. Monopolies, Oligopolies, Private Equity and other “legal” entities of late capitalism are busy destroying whatever is left of their livelihoods and financial security . And yet.. the public discourse centers around such important topics such as whether men who identify as woman are really women, whether losers who wear that wretched red cap are really racist and whether that orange-haired buffoon colluded with “Russia” and “Putin”.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. January 22, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I.Need.A.Safespace….

    Which one of you dirty little homophobes posted this filth over at the Wolves of Vineland????

    Look, I know you hate Jack Donovan (as pretty much every non-idiot does too) but that was just disgusting..

    I am soooooo disgusted reich now….

    When I talk about wrecking rectums, ya gotta realize only WHITE GUYS are allowed in the wolves of Vineland…

    Seig Hail!

    • P Ray
      January 23, 2019 at 7:00 am

      Looked like “Planet of the Gapes” there. The unblinking brown eye that sheds no tears, only slurry.

  2. Realist
    January 23, 2019 at 4:25 am

    The only reason why Eastern & Western Europe (Canada…) have been able to continually implement socialist programs since WW2 is because of the US military (ie NATO).
    —-

    Keep telling that bullshit to yourself. BTW, USA has not won a single significant conflict since the end of WW2- even after spending many trillions on “defense”. This spending has, however, made a small number of people very rich..

    All socialist experiments will end over night if (when?) European countries actually need a legitimate defense budget to fund a standing military that can protect their citizens, defend borders, etc. The US will not be able to fiancially babysit the euro socialist countries forever and yeah, then you will see everything fall apart because of the inherent high youth unemployment, terrible work ethic across most of the EU, etc. All symptoms of a socialist society.. an ongoing softening of the general popularion, until…

    I do agree with socialist arguments for single payer healthcare because it appears to be the only potential solution that might prevent financial meltdowns within the middle class due to medical bills. However, general socialism and bailouts from personal responsibilities are not the answer. People and corporations need to be free to fail in a free society. Most folks that are truly on the edge in the US have illigetimate kids. Without that “burden”, life would be workable for most adults in the US, barring outstanding medical issues. Nobody is entitled to kids, families, or lifestyles.

    • RealistPart2
      January 23, 2019 at 11:47 am

      “USA has not won a single significant conflict since the end of WW2- even after spending many trillions on “defense”. This spending has, however, made a small number of people very rich..”

      True – but who cares? I’m not sure why you are tying to conflate the statement above with the rest of what I said. The above and what I said are true. The only reason Europe has socialist policies is because of the US military.

      Actually no.. Europe has socialism because they tried imperialism, belligerent nationalism, unrestricted capitalism and classical liberalism – all of which culminated in WW1 and WW2. Nobody wants to repeat their mistakes.

      “Keep telling that bullshit to yourself.”

      Fiesty. After WW2 USA occupied Western Europe as a buffer against the commie fucks in the east AND to reconstruct the European economies w/ democratic governments. USA also decided that it was not in its best interest to (nor could it in the short/long term) pay the US soldier occupation costs overseas in Europe. US figured out quickly that the best way to GTFO of Europe (what the US has been doing aggressively for the past 20 years, winding down German occupation with a fury – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Army_installations_in_Germany) was to get the German economy reconstructed ASAP. The USA can deal with a little bit of Euro socialism faggotry, questionable tariff deals (hello Trump), if the rest of the economy and government was democratic and didn’t need handouts anymore.

      USA has been on an accelerating downward slide since 2003, so you are making a virtue out of necessity. Also, Russia (and its former incarnation, USSR) gave up the idea of invading western Europe in the 1960s- because it became far less lucrative once their own country fully recovered from WW2.

  3. balu
    January 24, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Apparently, a US sponsored coup is on the way now in Venezuela. The coup at the moment looks unsuccessful, the military doesn’t support it, and it apparently lacks popular support. There’s a tradition of grass roots militancy in Venezuela, so I expect ordinary people flooding the streets against the coup plotters. But anyway, this is still ongoing. The various US puppets, including the EU have already voiced support for the coup.

    It will be interesting to watch how things turn out now. My guess is that the coup attempt will go nowhere and USA (and its puppets) will have eat humble pie, again. Having said that, any actual military intervention by USA in Venezuela will be especially problematic for the former.

  4. Harbingder
    January 24, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    So if European countries have “successfully” implemented “socialist” policies, why did you immigrate to the United States from the UK? What happened? Too many Indian people around for you to stand out as unique in the UK?

    You really have to settle on a proper handle. So you think that myself or other readers are idiots.

    It’s quite hilarious that the OP can’t make the distinction between socialism, and social democracy, the latter of which is implemented in those European countries, but it comes at a COST: higher taxes, homogeneous society, low population, lack of access to top health care specialists (wonder why Alfie Evans’ parents wanted to be granted status to the USA to get treatment for the dying child).
    So now I ask you, why do you hear many of the top companies in the world, all have their origins from the good ol’ United States, and not Europe? Facebook, Google, Whatsapp, Coca Cola, Microsoft, etc.? Why are all the best Pharma discoveries to cure infectious diseases coming out of the United States? Care to explain what European tech-giant has sparked out of that region? And if they did, like Nokia, why did they fail, and had to be bought out by an American company like Microsoft?
    The free market has improved the lives of many, and many continue to ALL want to immigrate to the United States, including yourself. If America is so bad, why does EVERYONE want to move here? Please explain that to me.
    I will agree with you on one point – there is crony capitalism, aka corporatism, that is inherently really bad. Exploitative methods used by companies like Amazon and Walmart where they pay their employees a low wage and make them work like dogs is totally wrong. Or when companies like Disney can lay off American IT workers and replace them with cheap H1B workers from India who they have to train to receive a severance pay, that is really bad. That should definitely be regulated. But that does not mean we incorporate a socialist economic policy.
    Lets say if I were to agree with you and say that the US needs a socialist policy. Well then, I would say that we can’t be a welfare state and open borders at the same time. Open borders serves in today’s establishment for big corps (and small businesses) to get access to their CHEAP LABOR. Even Karl Marx advised against immigration. You can’t make your cake and eat it too. So, even if I were to agree with your socialist implementation, would you be fine to putting a stop to unlimited immigration? As we are seeing the case with Sweden and Germany, the drain on their welfare system due to the mass migrants they took in, is already causing about a drain in their government. The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money and you are not motivated by market driven incentives but rather political ones . Long term feasibility and logistics go out the window for short term gain in the form of popular support.

    • P Ray
      January 24, 2019 at 8:08 pm

      Just want to point out this prize idiocy here:
      If America is so bad, why does EVERYONE want to move here?

      If America is so good, why do they grant- and keep acknowledging- citizenship of people convicted or associated with criminality elsewhere – including other White countries?

      e.g Michael Hand (of Nugan Hand fame)
      e.g. bin Ladens (of Osama bin Laden fame)

      let’s face it, America really likes just 2 kinds of people:
      – rich criminals who bring in investment opportunities
      – educated slaves who are kept in place by institutionalised racism (it’s interesting how many guys go apeshit when the man is Asian and the woman is White … while in the reverse option, people are condemned for speaking out against Asian women out-marriage rates)

    • Harbingder
      January 25, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Way to dodge and not answer the questions. You socialist idiots cannot come with one iota of proof of why socialism would succeed.

      • P Ray
        January 25, 2019 at 5:58 pm

        The problem with capitalist idiots is that they think their money is still backed by the gold standard. Yet those idiots think that they can paper over that disadvantage by bread and circuses without the fucking being included. The bullying can’t last forever though, and that’s when the next war, and war whores will become available.

      • P Ray
        January 25, 2019 at 8:18 pm

        Deaf people know what’s up.

        A job screws you in the back, rape and rough sex screws you in the front.

      • Harbingder
        January 28, 2019 at 9:23 am

        You socialist idiots think that if even if socialism was implemented, that the money would still be backed by a gold standard? Just a new kind of stupid here. The OP still hasn’t responded. Just shows he can’t back his arguments. Calling Western countries as socialist countries pretty much sums up how this guy isn’t even credible.

    • January 28, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      Hey buddy, it’s spelled Harbinger, not Harbingder…

      y’know how I became a “grammar natzi” ???

      It was when Rosh V snuck into the Wolves of Vineland Rectum Wrecking session with paperwork from Steve Sailor saying he was a white guy with a tan. Guess I wasn’t as high on the HBD scale as I thought that day. Popey is the Sailor man and Steve is the Sailer, Man!

      Got it! Be a good white guy and don’t spell like some hindu muffin !!!

      Seig Hail !!!

      Clam Chowder, er white poweder, uh power !!!!

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