Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Empire Files: Abby Martin in Venezuela - Supermarkets to Black Markets

An interesting video. The opposition in Venezuela is deliberately holding back basic goods to make it look as if the government is failing. The media also reports severe shortages of food but the supermarkers are crammed full. There is a frre press in veneezuala, but most of it owned by the wealthy and is anti government. This is not a dictatorship, but a country under siege by the old ruling elite. No country can have a its own indepedance, they have to be open to US capitalism which means exploitation and its resources plundered. This has nothing to do with capitalism, this is imperialism.

23 comments:

Dan Lynch said...

Food markets in Venezuela are a mix of public markets and private markets. The public markets sell food and staples at subsidized prices but supplies are limited and quickly run out. So yes, there is a shortage of food in the subsidized public markets. There is no shortage of food in the private markets, it's just that you have to pay the market price instead of the subsidized price.

Then there is a black market that buys goods at the subsidized prices and then sells them at market prices.

It's a dumb system. The Maduro government seems to have no clue how to fix things.

Matthew Franko said...

Maybe they can eat/drink their oil?

Kaivey said...

They need to get the MMT guys in,

Matthew Franko said...

I thought MMT recognized real constraints?

Kaivey said...

In the documentary Abby Martin says you can but any sort of paper except toilet paper. It's being deliberately held back.

Matt Franko said...

Sounds like they lack toilet paper competent people down there...

Matt Franko said...

Does Martin think toilet paper grows on trees?

Matt Franko said...

Maybe Martin thinks oil and gasoline are the same thing?

Jeff65 said...

Economic sabotage.

Matthew Franko said...

Kaivey,

dont see any Venezuela schools listed here:

http://www.paperonweb.com/school.htm

Might be on outside chance this is related to the toilet paper problems down there... unless all of these people are just wasting their time and toilet paper just magically appears at the front door when know-nothing Abby Martin presses her Amazon Dash button that has the word "Charmin" on it....

Jeff65 said...

Shorter Matt: Store hides stock and refuses to sell at any price. "Material incompetence."

Bullshit Matt. Have a nice day.

Matthew Franko said...

Jeff you better call all of those schools and the kids who go there at that link I posted and save them !!!!

Matthew Franko said...

Jeff you could be a big hero to them!!!

Better get calling!!!!

Matthew Franko said...

Jeff here is the link to Georgia Tech I'll get you started:

http://www.rbi.gatech.edu/

Call them today!!!!

Matt Franko said...

Training in paper chemistry is a complete waste of time!!! Don't do it!!!

Six said...

Did someone trigger you, Matt? You're on quite a "roll".

Neil Wilson said...

It's important to remember that MMT policy space depends upon having the power to enforce taxation. That generally means monopoly over the military and the ability to command it to suppress people if necessary.

The policy space available is down to the capacity to enforce.

What you have in Venezuela is a weak government with no power. Therefore it cannot use currency to command resources and create public services, because it lacks the power to defeat those who stand in its way.

We see this time and again in South America. The countries are too large to be cohesive and without the cohesion you can be divided and conquered by those with the power.



Matt Franko said...

No no no Neil that nation is another victim of the vast "neo liberal conspiracy!"...

Kaivey said...

Sadly Neil, that seems to be hire it is going. And the police force tends to be naturally authoritarian and so prefer parties that support the establishment.

What people want is a fair deal, but Might seems to have all the power.

Kaivey said...

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, it's everywhere.

Matt Franko said...

I've been triggered for quite a while by this pos OPEC nation ripping us off for the last 10 years on the oil ...

This is funny the moron Martin report says the right down there are saying "Trump must take care of Maduro" LOL ! Trump won't even take care of California... she is an idiot who can't even see what is really going on...

Kaivey said...

It isn't Trump, it's the establishment behind him.

Matthew Franko said...

Moron Martin will never look into what is going on here:

http://www.barrons.com/articles/opec-june-oil-production-rose-except-in-venezuela-1499875589

Might actually require some technical knowledge of which she has none...