The ugly truth of socialism is that it has to be implemented at the point of a gun. But this brutal reality is hardly amenable to recruit new acolytes, so the socialist-left does what it does best – it lies and abjectly denies the truth of its base ideology. One of its favorite techniques for this involves pretending that collectivist regimes of past and present weren’t or aren’t actually collectivist.
Curiously enough, the Socialist-Left will initially praise said regimes and then suddenly change their tune when they inevitably fail to work as promised. Then they will either feign ignorance or perpetuate the astonishing lie that said regimes are really ‘capitalist’. One moment in time it will be “Why should the Soviets have all the fun remaking the world?” and talk of the inevitability of socialism, then it will be ‘That wasn’t really Socialism’ or any one of the over 30 synonyms for the same ideological concept.
The problem for the Socialist-Left is that the same common elemental crimes always appear no matter the current collectivist label de jour happens to be. This is exemplified by the following quote:
In certain basic respects – a totalitarian state structure, a single party, a leader, a secret police, a hatred of political, cultural and intellectual freedom – fascism and communism are clearly more like each other than they are like anything in between.
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Associate Professor of History at Harvard New York Times Magazine, Sunday, April 4, 1948
Despite assiduous efforts of the socialist-left in trying to re-write history, it should be clear that no matter the smoke and mirrors, collectivist regimes are or were collectivist in nature. People have begun to notice that there have been so many cases of socialism being tried ending with inevitable failure that the excuses are no longer operable. These have become so pervasive down the centuries, that one of the socialist-left’s alternative methods is to attempt distraction with claims that non-collectivist nations are actually collectivist, but that is a discussion for another day.
With socialism being contrary to human nature, it’s grandiose promises can never be fulfilled. Thus a collectivist regime must have multilayered means to oppress the people when this becomes obvious.
Such is the case with Chavismo in the wondrous revolutionary spirit of Venezuela, a place where the emergency generators have to be operated so much out of the normal procedure that they too are failing with many resultant deaths. Seems like people tend to get a bit angry when they have to queue up for a meal only fit for a dog or eat garbage.
Then as is the case with every other collectivist regime, there have to be police forces of many different configurations to watch, arrest, torture and execute those that want to democratically change things. The USSR had the Cheka or KGB, Nazi Germany had the Gestapo, the GDR had the Stasi and in the case of Socialist Venezuela they have the SEBIN:
SEBIN enforcers fundamental to Maduro’s toolkit of repression
Tyrannical regimes generally employ repressive domestic intelligence directorates to keep the opposition at bay. In Venezuela, the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional — SEBIN), under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Popular Power for the Interior, Justice and Peace, is President Nicolás Maduro’s preferred tool of repression.
At El Helicoide, SEBIN’s headquarters, there are hundreds of political prisoners held without medical treatment or access to visitations. Its cells are the sites of cruel treatment, torture, corruption, poor ventilation, overpopulation and lack of food and water. The SEBIN does not need a warrant to hold people at El Helicoide; it has the authority to keep people there even if a judge rules against it. Hence, arrests without warrants and prosecutions of peaceful activists, flouting Venezuela’s constitution, is a habit.
Former CIA operations officer Scott Uehlinger blames socialism for Venezuela’s critical situation. The political environment indicates that the nation is on the brink of a barbaric civil war. Based on the human rights abuses perpetrated by the SEBIN, if the political disagreements escalate between the government and the opposition, the Western world could see one of the bloodiest civil wars of our time.
These are the enforcers of the revolution who torture people with asphyxiation and electric drills and force dissidents to eat excrement, but the Socialist-Left will try to tell you that Venezuela is supposedly ‘capitalist’. What they don’t tell you is those representative republics with the economic liberty of the free-market do not need these common criminal elements to survive.
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