The mainstream media, like so many in governmental power, desperately wants you to believe that government control is the best way to manage a variety of aspects of life.
One particular area, for example, is the economy. Pro-government people fall into one of two camps, only varying in degree of government control (and never advocating little-to-no control). Those two camps are facism/mercantilism/crony capitalists and socialism. The first group is the group of people that liberals hate: the crony capitalists (which is much different from laissez-fairre, Libertarian, types of capitalists). They like to call themselves capitalists but aren’t advocates of the free market. They are advocates of government control of markets in partnership with big business.
The second group are more open about their aims. Socialists, unlike crony capitalists, call themselves socialists, communists, or (if they are trying to avoid the negative stigma of the other two terms) progressives.
We see the effects of crony capitalism on our society now (the 1% really do get richer. They run the banks, large corporations, and/or government). What you don’t hear on the media is what socialism really does to a society.
George Orwell predicted totalitarian control in his book 1984. What he didn’t predict is the total societal collapse that actually occurs under socialism, but, for those with eyes to see, the truth is right before our eyes. You just need to get reports about what is really happening in Venezuela. Shaun Bradley writes,
“Life in Venezuela now consists of empty grocery stores, record rates of violent crime, and widespreadshortages of just about everything. The economic and political conditions have been deteriorating for years, but recent stories coming from this once-rich nation are astonishing. Bars have run out of beer, McDonald’s can’t get bunsfor their Big Macs, and rolling blackouts are a regular occurrence. The average person spends over 35 hours a month waiting in line to buy their rationed goods, and even basics like toilet paper and toothpaste are strictly regulated.[…]
“The Venezuelan healthcare system, once a symbol of socialism’s success, has been crippled by vast medical supply shortages. Gloves, soap, and antibiotics have all vanished, with power often only working one or two days a week. The economic woes have created a full-blown public health emergency. Malnutrition combined with doctors’ inability to treat patients effectively has led to outbreaks of diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. With such extremely limited resources, many patients are falling through the cracks. Even simple illnesses are going untreated, leading to dangerous complications.
“Life in Venezuela is now built around waiting in lines. As much as the lines have become the key to survival, they are also hotbeds for violence. Crimes are often committed in broad daylight, with assailants meeting little resistance. For other people in line, the risk of leaving their spot to intervene is just too high. Their dependence on government has literally robbed them of their ability to help others in need.
“’These days, you have to put the line above everything,’ said pharmacist Haide Mendoza, who witnessed a murder in the line at her store, CBS News reported.
“The hyperinflation currently affecting the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, is undermining every function of the government and economy. The inflation rate is now the highest in the world and is expected to hit 1,600% by next year. Despite the government raising the minimum wage three times to appease workers, the move has only fueled a rise in prices. In a highly controversial move, the government imposed forced labor policies to keep food production going. Maduro’s emergency decree promises severe punishments for those who refuse to work in the fields without pay. The social contract appears to have no end when it comes to the ‘greater good.’” (hat tip to here for the source)
People unwilling to step out of line to prevent a murder. Babies dying at birth because of lack of medicines. Forced (should we say “slave”) labor. Orwell’s protagonist in 1984 had it better than this, and this is what “progressives” will bring to America. They will say it is to help the underprivileged or those without access to resources. What they won’t tell you is that the long-term effect is that no one has access to resources, and everyone is worse off.
With the massive support that Bernie Sanders received in the primary season this year, it doesn’t look like the push towards full-blown socialism is going away, and, if the socialists get their way, all of us will suffer. This is one reason why you need to be prepared to live off grid. If the grid collapses, like it effectively has in Venezuela, you only have your own resourcefulness and planning to help you and your family survive.
How are you preparing for the coming societal collapse? Let us know below.