Socialism’s promises are enticing, at first, but citizens ultimately lose their freedom, a man who fled Albania to come to the U.S. warns.
Peter Lumaj, now a conservative activist in the U.S., told Fox News on Sunday that, despite its promise of free goods and services, “Socialism becomes a big prison system at the end”:
“The most common words that they use, when they talk about socialism, is providing free things to the population. Don’t they do that with the prison system?
“Socialism becomes a big prison system at the end – where we provide free services to people. But, again, the population loses its freedom and the opportunity to prosper.”
America is on this same path, using enticing redistributionist rhetoric to gain support for socialism, Lumaj said. But, in the end, socialism always fails – which is why, every day, people are fleeing socialist countries to come the U.S., he said:
“What we have done in United States in recent years, we are promoting the exact same thing, where people are promised free things. And, it sounds good when you tell them that we’re going to take someone else’s property and give it to others who didn’t work for it.
“And, it’s enticing, when people are promised that you don’t have to do anything to get certain services or certain things that you don’t have in life. But, that doesn’t work in the end.
“If that is the case, we would see people leaving capitalist countries and fleeing to socialist countries. But, we see the opposite every single day where people are fleeing communist and socialist societies and moving to west where we have capitalism.
While on the topic of failed socialism, Venezuela’s inflation may hit 1 million percent by the end of the year, the International Monetary Fund announced.
This incredible hyperinflation is reminiscent of Weimar Germany during the years immediately after World War I, in which wheelbarrows full of cash were required to buy bare essential items, like a loaf of bread.
To counter the hyperinflation problem, Venezuela’s answer is to lop off five zeros from its currency value and launch a state-backed cryptocurrency.
It wasn’t that long ago that the left praised socialist Venezuela as a model country, a good comparison to the mean, ruthless system of the United States.
“Since the [Hugo] Chávez government got control over the national oil industry, poverty has been cut by half, and extreme poverty by 70 percent,” wrote New York Times contributor Mark Weisbrot in the wake of socialist President Hugo Chavez’s re-election in 2012. “College enrollment has more than doubled, millions of people have access to health care for the first time and the number of people eligible for public pensions has quadrupled.”
Just six years later and the country is a catastrophe. It seems 21st-century socialism hasn’t worked any better than 20th-century socialism, or any other kind of socialism for that matter.
Venezuela’s dire state is not for lack of resources. It is the most oil-rich country in the world and used to be one of the wealthiest nations in South America. Now, it’s teetering on the edge of economic oblivion.
The scale of Venezuela’s collapse is staggering. The economy has halved since 2013 and unemployment has now reached 30 percent. Basic items like baby formula and toilet paper can’t be found on store shelves.
People have turned to “car cannibalism” (or mass carpooling) to minimize the number of vehicles running. Public transportation has ground to a halt.
Hunger strikes by workers in the country’s nationalized electricity company have led to widespread power outages and water shortages.
Venezuela now struggles to pump oil out of the ground as its nationalized oil company is, according to CNN, “forced to import light crude from the United States to dilute the heavy oil it drills in Venezuela.”
Ironically, the policy of nationalization—purportedly to give back to the people—has left those very people destitute.
o country has fallen farther and faster on The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom than Venezuela.
“In 1995, the first year of the index, Venezuela scored 59.8 on its 0-to-100 scale, more than two points above the world average,” wrote Heritage Foundation Research Coordinator Patrick Tyrrell. “That prosperity did not last. Under [Presidents Hugo] Chavez and [Nicolas] Maduro, economic freedom has evaporated, and Venezuela is now one of the most economically repressed countries in the world, second only to North Korea.”
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 30th, 2018