Socialism Triumphs! Shortages force Venezuela’s largest brewer to halt production

Electricity blackouts, food rations, the world’s highest inflation, and now no beer – Venezuela’s downward economic spiral knows no limits.

The country’s largest brewer on Friday closed down the last of its four factories because of a shortage of imported barley. Cerveceria Polar, a unit of the country’s largest food enterprise, Empresas Polar, produces nearly 80 percent of Venezuela’s beer.

As a result of falling oil prices, external debt and government exchange policies, importing even the most basic of goods has become a challenge for the cash-crunched socialist government.

  • Ask Bernie for a solution.

  • Half Judean (Destroyer-Drone)


  • Billy Bob Thornton

    But nationalism could result in the same thing because protectionism also could lead to shortages but socialism and nationalism do not rely on the IMF.

    Debt-based systems like we have are abundant because we have a society where debt is rampant.

    Which explains why debt always rises and no matter how much we try we can never pay off the debt. Deficits can be transferred. The point is which system is preferable.

    The people have to decide!

    I prefer nationalism since it does not have to rely on the government but it can have a value-based currency in gold, silver or units of energy.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    And yes I realize that any systems that oppose free trade and globalism are defined as protectionist. I would prefer a mixed model to have the best of both worlds but Venezuela simply went too far.

    Canada and the US and the West should move closer to a mixed model and away from full on free trade and globalism.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Protectionism leads to reciprocal trade deals that address the interests of both parties. That is why I favor Trump’s approach.

  • moraywatson

    Let ’em smoke dope …errrrr…eat cake….or both. Free cake for everyone….gosh I’m thirsty…

  • Venezuelans have a petition for a recall vote on Maduro. The required number of signatures to get to the next legal step is 200,000. They’ve easily collected 1.1 million so far. But there are so many complicated steps to hold the actual vote that kicking out the commies democratically doesn’t look hopeful. Canada take note.

  • BillyHW


    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Mothers Against Drunk Driving are high fiving all around.

    • DMB

      Sunny Ways!

  • Raymond Cameron

    “Polar” beer? It’s cultural appropriation: let them drink water.

  • Reader
  • This is why I have a still and a grove of apple trees.
    Just. In. Case.
    Good whiskey’s better’n cash.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If they can’t drink there will be a civil war.