Venezuela’s Collective Property

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 11:44 am by Neal

(Hat tip: “Chavez Vows Collectivization”)

Poor Venezuela.

We’re surprised that Hugo Chavez hasn’t hired Lego ladies Ann Pelo and Kendra Pelojoaquin as consultants for his latest grand, socialist initiative: Collective Property. If nothing else, it would be a great opportunity for the teachers from Hilltop Children’s Center to see how their social justice learning principles of “collectivity, collaboration, resource-sharing, and full democratic participation” scale to adults “playing” with real bricks.

Check out the article, “Venezuela’s Chavez announces plans for ‘collective property’ under shift toward socialism.” In particular, note what excuses Chavez uses in order to justify the collectivization of Venezuelan farms.

President Hugo Chavez announced Sunday that his government’s sweeping reforms toward socialism will include the creation of “collective property.”

Vowing to undermine capitalism’s continued influence in Venezuela during his television and radio program “Hello President,” Chavez said state-financed cooperatives would operate under a new concept in which workers would share profits.

“It’s property that belongs to everyone and it’s going to benefit everyone,” said Chavez, a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro whom opponents accuse of leading Venezuela toward Cuba-style communism.

“It cannot be production to generate profits for one person or a small group of people that become rich exploiting peons who end up becoming slaves, living in poverty and misery their entire lives,” he said.

As we mentioned yesterday, collectivists believe in engineering equality of outcome. Listen to Chavez:

“It’s property that belongs to everyone” …

“one person..becoming rich exploiting peons who end up becoming slaves.”

There it is again!

We also noted yesterday that collectivists “ignore reality,” and Chavez has an example of that as well! This latest announcement is an expansion of existing “reforms” that, according to some, haven’t been working very well. But don’t worry about Chavez letting pesky, little facts get in the way of his grand, utopian experiment.

Since the reform began five years ago, officials have redistributed over 1.9 million hectares (4.6 million acres) of land that had been classified as unproductive or lacked property documents dating back to 1847, according to a recent government census.

Critics say reform has failed to revive Venezuela’s agriculture industry, which does not produce enough food to satisfy domestic demand. The government has been forced to import food amid shortages of staples such as meats, milk and sugar.

Ever notice how the word starvation can always be found tagging along like a little disciple with the word collectivization? Stay tuned because we’ll be watching.



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