The Left and mainstream political science identify Italian fascism and German National Socialism as right-wing ideologies. Their motivation is clear: they do not want to be associated with regimes that brought civilization horror and suffering on an unprecedented scale. The Left traditionally substantiates its point of view with two theoretical propositions. First of all, fascism and Nazism do not belong to the Left because those regimes did not institute total collective ownership on means of production as Marx prescribed. Secondly, nationalism and racism have traditionally been features of the right, whereas the Left is perceived to comprise internationalists.
In an amazing piece that forgot to mention that little ‘s’ word called ‘socialism,’ the New York Times nevertheless has a stunning report about what economists are saying about Venezuela’s economic collapse experience under socialism.
Read with caution, because even though we all already know that Venezuela’s a dump, this report (and its horrifying pictures) could make you sick
CARACAS/PUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Angry drivers queued for hours in towns across Venezuela on Friday as fuel shortages worsened in the South American nation following a plunge in gasoline imports and a stoppage at the nation’s second-largest oil refinery.
Shortages of motor fuel have become a periodic occurrence in the OPEC nation, particularly in border regions where smuggling to neighboring countries is rife, the result of generous subsidies from state-run oil company PDVSA that have made gasoline nearly free in Venezuela.
But in recent days lines at gas stations in the western and southern border states of Tachira, Zulia and Bolivar have grown longer than usual, often lasting more than five hours, according to Reuters witnesses.
Following – a very good reason never to elect communist thugs:
“…Ramsey, another of the committee’s vice-chairs, said that Peterson is “strongly on the wrong side of history,” claiming his views on gender identity and Islamophobia are “inflammatory and dangerous.” He has repeatedly criticized the word “Islamophobia,” saying it’s “ill-defined” and is “not a word with integrity.” He originally came to prominence for balking at legislation to add gender identity and orientation to the Canadian Human Rights Act, and refused to use preferred pronouns for trans students, arguing it was a form of compelled speech. Peterson did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.”
Britain’s wealthiest individuals are preparing to leave the country amid belief Jeremy Corbyn will become Prime Minister, it was reported.
Billionaires and multimillionaires are said to be making plans to protect their fortunes, which include moving their assets and businesses overseas, in preparation of tax increases should the Labour leader enter Downing Street.
According to The Sunday Times, which today publishes its annual Rich List, individuals could take up to £1 trillion out of Britain amid fears over what has been dubbed ‘Corbygeddon’.
The Cuban government will implement increased rationing of staple grocery items in the face of extensive food shortages, which the government blame on Donald Trump’s trade sanctions.
The country’s Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz Velázquez announced on Friday that chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products will all be rationed in the communist country.
She outlined the grave food situation in Cuba in an interview with the state-run Cuban News Agency, saying the country had produced 900,000 fewer eggs than the 5.7 million needed daily to satisfy national demand.
Swedish Communists have launched an election film calling on the public to ignore EU elections.
With the motto “F**k the EU election”, the Communists instead call for intimacy, which is visualised with clarity in their ad.
The film was produced by the party itself with the help of friends from outside. The actors are not members of the party, but are indeed a couple, the party’s press secretary Simon Renner explained to the news outlet Nyheter Idag.
Renner called the film “deliberately provocative”, explaining that the idea was to “anger as many people as possible”.
That isn’t a rhetorical question, I’d really like to know.
In all my time covering politics, I have never seen anyone from any party condone being seen with Nazis. No politician likes the idea of being at the same protests as people sporting swastikas or supporting Nazi ideology, yet when it comes to communism, we give people a pass.
For years, Venezuelans have railed about how sanctimonious white lefties from the West have told them socialism was the cat’s meow for them and their country, before jetting off back to the comforts of capitalism and leaving them in the rubble. Even leftish Venezuelans have had a bellyful.
But now Code Pink has taken it to a new level, illegally occupying the now empty Venezuelan embassy in Washington, D.C…
After the Nazis retreated from her town in Soviet Ukraine in 1944, 21-year-old Yelena Markova was convicted of treason and sent to the infamous coal mines of Vorkuta above the Arctic circle.
Although people were crushed almost every day beneath the one-tonne carts of coal her crew was hauling, Ms Markova survived and after Joseph Stalin’s death was cleared of any wrongdoing. So was her father, who had been shot in the great purge of 1937-8.
But the travesty that she and 20 million other Gulag prisoners suffered is at risk of being forgotten. Nearly half of Russians aged 18 to 24 have never heard of these repressions, and 70 per cent of the population now views Stalin positively, according to recent polls.
May Day clashes between opposition supporters and Venezuela’s armed forces in Caracas left a woman dead and 46 people injured on Wednesday
Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaido’s call to take to the streets on Wednesday in a bid to force President Nicolas Maduro from power, but there was little concrete sign of change in a crisis that increasingly looks like a political stalemate.
Guaido had called for the “largest march” in Venezuela’s history and said on Twitter that “millions of Venezuelans” were in the streets in “this final phase” of his move to oust Maduro.
The first difference I noticed was the FAES. Driving back into Caracas after an absence of more than eight years, a patrolling truck of masked, black-clad agents wielding their arms like warnings was a noticeable – and menacing – addition to the city’s streets.
This feared new unit – known as the Special Actions Force – did not exist when I moved to Venezuela as a correspondent in Hugo Chávez’s heyday more than a decade ago.
Security forces were always repressive: I, and most people I know, had numerous run-ins with what Venezuelans refer to as ‘ladrones con placa’ (gangsters with badges) over the years. Even on my first visit in 2004, declaring my profession as journalism on a hotel entry form led to an interrogation by intelligence agents.