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Socialism and Distraction

by baldilocks

From Reuters:

Venezue­lan activists are increas­ingly post­ing details of loca­tions and lifestyles of left­ist offi­cials and their fam­i­lies, depict­ing them as thriv­ing off cor­rup­tion while the pop­u­la­tion strug­gles to eat in a dev­as­tat­ing eco­nomic crisis.

The social media blitzes, tar­get­ing offi­cials and their busi­ness part­ners, rel­a­tives and even lovers, are another weapon in a wave of huge protests against Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro’s gov­ern­ment that began in April. Pro­test­ers are seek­ing early pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, free­dom for jailed activists, and human­i­tar­ian aid to alle­vi­ate chronic food and med­i­cine shortages.

One Twit­ter account pub­lished pho­tos pur­port­edly show­ing the wife of Vice Pres­i­dent Tareck El Ais­sami enjoy­ing cham­pagne and loung­ing on a pris­tine beach with her sis­ters. In another case, an alleged lover of a pow­er­ful Social­ist Party offi­cial is shown on trips to the Mid­dle East.

Venezuela’s oppo­si­tion accuses offi­cials of prof­it­ing from cur­rency con­trols and a decade-​long oil boom to fill their pock­ets. The opposition-​led con­gress esti­mates that at least $11 bil­lion have “dis­ap­peared” from state-​run oil com­pany PDVSA .

Mon­ica Showal­ter:

Reuters doesn’t men­tion it, but this is the out­come of social­ism, and not just a one-​off event but the usual and inevitable out­come of social­ism, which always leads to a pro­tected class[.]

Daniel Ortega got caught shop­ping on Fifth Avenue buy­ing $3,000 worth of designerlux­ury sun­glasses. Roma­nia first lady Elena Ceaucescu was caught with dia­monds on the soles of her shoes. The Cas­tros own bil­lions in assets in Spain, Italy, Argentina, China. Two years ago, the late [Hugo Chavez’s] daugh­ter, Maria Gabriela, was reported to be Venezuela’s rich­est woman with $4.2 bil­lion in assets. (…)

As a blog­ger and writer under dif­fer­ent venues, I have been report­ing this stuff for years. The flash­ing dol­lar bill par­ties of the Chav­is­tas. The Caribbean lux­ury vaca­tions of the Chav­is­tas. The Miami condo-​buying. The trips to Dis­ney­land. The Miami shop­ping trips. The dollar-​bill flash­ing par­ties. The Chav­ista lux­ury yachts. The social whirl and real estate. These sto­ries extend all the way back to 2004. Yet they never got all that much traction.

As I’ve opined before, most peo­ple can­not see the con­nec­tion between cause and effect, but just to be on the safe side, the MSM would pre­fer to not only keep silent on infor­ma­tion which would spur that con­nec­tion — on this topic, espe­cially – but also to use active means to dis­tract atten­tion away from the poten­tial con­nec­tion. Makes you won­der if even cer­tain failed come­di­ans are merely car­ry­ing out their orders. If true, the dras­tic meth­ods indi­cate that the MSM may be scared.

The future nomen­klatura must pro­tect its inter­ests, how­ever. I don’t know if I want to see them become more desperate.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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by baldilocks

From Reuters:

Venezuelan activists are increasingly posting details of locations and lifestyles of leftist officials and their families, depicting them as thriving off corruption while the population struggles to eat in a devastating economic crisis.

The social media blitzes, targeting officials and their business partners, relatives and even lovers, are another weapon in a wave of huge protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government that began in April. Protesters are seeking early presidential elections, freedom for jailed activists, and humanitarian aid to alleviate chronic food and medicine shortages.

One Twitter account published photos purportedly showing the wife of Vice President Tareck El Aissami enjoying champagne and lounging on a pristine beach with her sisters. In another case, an alleged lover of a powerful Socialist Party official is shown on trips to the Middle East.

Venezuela’s opposition accuses officials of profiting from currency controls and a decade-long oil boom to fill their pockets. The opposition-led congress estimates that at least $11 billion have “disappeared” from state-run oil company PDVSA .

Monica Showalter:

Reuters doesn’t mention it, but this is the outcome of socialism, and not just a one-off event but the usual and inevitable outcome of socialism, which always leads to a protected class[.]

Daniel Ortega got caught shopping on Fifth Avenue buying $3,000 worth of designerluxury sunglasses. Romania first lady Elena Ceaucescu was caught with diamonds on the soles of her shoes. The Castros own billions in assets in Spain, Italy, Argentina, China. Two years ago, the late [Hugo Chavez’s] daughter, Maria Gabriela, was reported to be Venezuela’s richest woman with $4.2 billion in assets. (…)

As a blogger and writer under different venues, I have been reporting this stuff for years. The flashing dollar bill parties of the Chavistas. The Caribbean luxury vacations of the Chavistas. The Miami condo-buying. The trips to Disneyland. The Miami shopping trips. The dollar-bill flashing parties. The Chavista luxury yachts. The social whirl and real estate. These stories extend all the way back to 2004. Yet they never got all that much traction.

As I’ve opined before, most people cannot see the connection between cause and effect, but just to be on the safe side, the MSM would prefer to not only keep silent on information which would spur that connection—on this topic, especially–but also to use active means to distract attention away from the potential connection. Makes you wonder if even certain failed comedians are merely carrying out their orders. If true, the drastic methods indicate that the MSM may be scared.

The future nomenklatura must protect its interests, however. I don’t know if I want to see them become more desperate.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!