Just like the claim that marijuana is the gateway drug for drug abuse, socialism in Venezuela is the gateway to a dictatorship. The struggles within that nation point to an almost certain takeover by Presidente Nicolas Maduro. The nation’s supreme court already tried to disestablish the legislative body. Only an uprising of protests by the citizens got that reversed. The danger there is NOT over as you can read here.
By Marian Tupy for Reason.com:
Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela is one place where Friedrich Hayek’s most dire warnings remain relevant.
On March 29, the Supreme Court of Venezuela dissolved the country’s elected legislature, allowing Venezuela’s top court to write future laws. The court is filled with allies of Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, while the legislature is dominated by Maduro’s opponents, and the court’s ruling was seen as the latest step on Venezuela’s descent into a full-fledged dictatorship. But following international outcry—as well as the appearance of cracks within Maduro’s own party—the court reversed itself just a few days later, on April 1.
In 1944, when he wrote his book, Hayek noted that the crimes of the German National Socialists and Soviet Communists were, in great part, the result of growing state control over the economy. As he explained, growing state interference in the economy leads to massive inefficiencies and long queues outside empty shops. A state of perpetual economic crisis then leads to calls for more planning.
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