Zimbabwe: “Our farms once fed all of Africa. Now, we import food, and our currency is so degraded we print trillion dollar bills and it takes a pile of them to buy a loaf of bread. No one has succeeded at socialism better than we have.”
Venezuela: “Agarra mi cerveza.”
Socialism is magical in its ability to turn First World economies into Third World economies, but Venezuela has gone full on ‘Mad Max.” Children are literally fighting with machetes over garbage,
At 16, Liliana has become the mother figure for a gang of Venezuelan children and young adults called the Chacao, named after the neighborhood they’ve claimed as their territory. The 15 members, ranging in age from 10 to 23, work together to survive vicious fights for “quality” garbage in crumbling, shortage-plagued Venezuela. Their weapons are knives and sticks and machetes. The prize? Garbage that contains food good enough to eat.
On the other hand, Venezuela has reduced income inequality (by making the middle class poor and the party elite ultra-rich), implemented state-provided Healthcare for All, they are fighting climate change, and about to legalize gay marriage. So, from a leftist perspective, having child gangs fight in the street over piles of garbage is pretty much worth it.