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Economics

Media Reports Venezuelan Chaos Without Mentioning Socialism

Written by Joe Scudder

In an article documenting the Venezuelan chaos, Socialism is not mentioned once.

I highly recommend viewing the pictures in this New York Times article on Venezuelan chaos. But it treats the economic crisis as something that arrived for no reason. Socialism isn’t even mentioned!

This is important because the complaints of the protesters seem to assume that the government is refusing to solve problems like unaffordable food prices. The only way one can take those complaints seriously is by believing the government can fix such problems. But it was precisely because of government overreach in attempting to control the economy that resulted in these problems.

By leaving socialism out of the story, the article provides cover for the ongoing attempt to bring socialism to the U.S.

The New York Times headline: “The Battle for Venezuela, Through a Lens, Helmet and Gas Mask.

The article begins:

Motley throngs of masked antigovernment protesters hurl rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails. The police and soldiers retaliate with tear gas, water cannon blasts, rubber bullets and buckshot.

An uprising is brewing in Venezuela.

Nearly every day for more than three months, thousands have taken to the streets to vent fury at President Nicolás Maduro and his increasingly repressive leadership.

These confrontations often turn into lopsided and sometimes lethal street brawls — more than 90 people have been killed and more than 3,000 arrested.

I have worked as a photojournalist for The New York Times in Venezuela for nine years, and for the past two have focused on the plight of Venezuelans struggling with the worst economic crisis in the country’s history.

I have witnessed their growing anger as food and medicine disappear and Mr. Maduro’s authoritarianism intensifies.

His government has delayed elections while jailing protesters and political opponents. Now he has called for a new constituent assembly to be elected at the end of the month, empowered to rewrite the Constitution, which many Venezuelans have called a blatant power grab and threat to their democracy.

Mr. Maduro has called the protests a violent attempt to overthrow his government. Demonstrators say they are invoking their right to rebellion against tyranny, guaranteed by the Constitution he wants to revise.

I often start my day now hopping onto a motorcycle taxi and heading to the front lines where the tear gas is wafting and the projectiles are flying.

Read the full article and see the pictures.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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