News from the Bolivarian Workers’ Paradise

Bread shortages and a military operation to seize control of bakeries.

Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments.

In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration accused bakers of being part of a broad “economic war” aimed at destabilizing the country.

In a statement, the government said the bakers had been selling underweight bread and were using price-regulated flour to illegally make specialty items, like sweet rolls and croissants.

The government said bakeries are only allowed to produce French bread and white loaves, or pan canilla, with government-imported flour.

Just a reminder: Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world. They sure must have had some ‘bad luck’ to find themselves in this sad place.

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9 Responses to News from the Bolivarian Workers’ Paradise

  1. Uke says:

    I read and reread the quoted section above. With each reading, it felt less and less real, more insane, and more cartoonish. Venezuela is devolving into a hysterical laughingstock and they don’t even realize it.

    This is like looking for evil in the world and actually finding a black-caped, mustachioed, cackling villain actually tying a screaming girl to the train tracks. You just don’t find it quite so obvious.

    They arrested bakers.
    For being part of a vast, subversive conspiracy.
    Made contraband products, like–GASP–sweet rolls!
    Stick to the government-approved starch products, comrade.

    Hilarious, truly.

    I, for one, count this generation lucky to have such a vivid example of the failure of socialism, captured moment by moment in stop motion photography.

  2. Jim22 says:

    I wonder just how much money would be necessary to move a citizen of Venezuela outside the country. What is ridiculous is that they cannot leave because the government can no longer afford to print passports. This socialist experiment will end like every other one ever tried – with a pile of dead people.

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    I remember making the case that this outcome was inevitable years ago. The leftists would call me a fool and insist that Chavez was the savior of Venezuela.

    I would like to claim clairvoyance but the reality is that the Ironclad laws of economics were going to lead to this point no matter what.

    • miforest says:

      I started sending young people I know news from Venezuela along with my predictions as to where it would lead. It was clear to any student of history where they were going to go , just by looking at Chavez policies.
      I got a lot of ” they have oil coming out their ears! nothing like that will happen. ” responses.
      What amazes me is that even people who understood what was happening in Venezuela refused to see the parallels between hillary Clinton and Hugo Chavez .

  4. Frank in Texas says:

    It is just Venezuelan’s bad luck to have selected the wrong socialists to run their country. If they had good luck they would have socialists like Russia, China and other socialist, communist shangri las to make their country as successful as they are.

  5. Ray Davies says:

    Maybe they would like to have obama. He’s out of a job and on very expensive unemployment.

    • miforest says:

      Hillary is a better fit. Power crazed,corrupt, arrogant, vindictive, sinister, power mad , spiteful. but they have that with maduro now , so need to change.

  6. C. L. says:

    Danny Glover and Sean Penn may have, that’s may have, been wrong about Chavez.