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Posted by GlenParkDaddy on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 12:54 am

We want our Free Speech Rights!!!* Waaaahhh!!!

*Because our understanding of the First Amendment is that we should have absolute rights to pollute any message board, even if it's privately owned.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

I'm sure North Korea will welcome you.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

...to prevent trollish abuse... execution by dogs can't be far behind.

Posted by Greg on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

absurd socialist views.

Funny thing is, you could move to your precious Venezuela tomorrow and have more lack of free speech that you can shake a stick at.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

I love it when you guys talk about things you know little about. Well that's pretty much all the time, but it's particularly true when you talk about left wing governments in Latin America, because all your information comes from the US corporate press which relentlessly savages them.

FYI, Venezuela is probably the most democratic country in the world. Even Carter said they have the best election system he's seen anywhere. You can say whatever you want, protest in the streets all you want. There is absolutely no censorship of the internet. None. It's one of the few countries in the world where the internet is still completely free. Nor does the government spy on your browsing and monitor your phone calls like they do here -Stasi style. You can even call for military overthrow of the government (which the opposition has done), and unlike in the United States, absolutely nothing will happen to you. And most of the media (unfortunately) is actually still in private hands, and it viciously attacks the government. The opposition candidate, Capriles, actually owns a private media empire. And all you see on the private media is relentless attacks on the government.

In spite of all that, Chavismo manages to win every time, for one simple reason -they're making people's lives better.

Posted by Greg on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

I predicted that you would not be able to resist another lovefest for your precious foil-hate, tin-pot, basket-case, socialist banana republics and so it was proven to be true.

Worry when you are that predictable, my well-meaning but hopelessly misguided friend.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

Ah Greg's socialist utopia of Venezuela. He never passes up a chance to espouse the greatness of his leftist paradise (although he'd never live there). It also tells you a lot about his way of thinking in that he's disappointed that the media is not controlled by the government, but by private citizens. And maybe "Chavismo manages to win every time" for the simple reason that, according to Transparency International, it's the 15th most corrupt country in the world. Right up there with Eritrea and Cambodia.

But we can't hold it against him too much. He also said we should be taking economic advice from the socialist country that had an inflation rate of 56% in 2013 (this on the heels of a 25% rate in 2012 and the worst of any country in North and South America). There are also widespread shortages of consumer products. Yeah, that Chavismo thing is really helping make the lives of Venezuela's people better.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

in living standards that Chavismo has managed in the last 15 years, we'd be living like Norwegians. Give 'em a break. They started a lot lower on the ladder than we did, so for now the living standards are still better here. It'll take 50 years to get out of the mess that capitalism wrought in that country.

And yeah, they have their problems, like inflation. But wages have kept up with and even exceeded inflation. Devaluation of the currency doesn't matter if real wages are going up. The unemployment level is very low, poverty has been reduced to a fraction of what it was, and inequality is now the lowest in Latin America (lower than the US actually).

Even the shortages of certain goods are a sign of the growth in the economy. Shortages, as even a capitalist student of economics will agree with, are the result of one of two things: either reduced supply, or increased demand. All the BS about monetary policy comes down to that: increased demand, or reduced supply. Period. If you don't have one or the other, you don't have a shortage. So what's the problem in Venezuela's case? Well it's not reduced supply/reduced production as capitalists claim. I've looked at the numbers, and Venezuela isn't producing less of anything. The problem is all increased demand. When you *massively* lift people out of poverty -a third of the population has been lifted out of miserable poverty in just 15 years, you're going to have growing pains. Now, all of the sudden, people who could never afford refrigerators and cars, can afford them (as well as a shitload more food than they used to be able to afford). But production, while it is higher, has lagged demand. Hence, shortages, for the time being. Not ideal, but personally, I'd rather be able to afford the milk and not always find it, then not afford it at all!

As for corruption... the US is the most corrupt country in the world. It's just that our corruption has been legalized and institutionalized. It's so deeply ingrained in the way America does business, that we don't call it corruption. It's just "normal" to us. It's normal for politicians to do the bidding of the corporate elite, and then get all sorts of goodies, from campaign cash, to sinecures on corporate boards. Our politicians are marinated in money. Money controls the political process here from top to bottom. If Transparency International isn't registering that kind of gross institutional corruption, then there's a problem with their criteria.

Posted by Greg on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

write 400 words of deflectionary gibberish?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 06, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

I know you need to have the last word 'n stuff, because to you, the last word = "winning." But when I demolish your argument and the best you can muster is dismissing what I say based on the number of words, you do realize you look like a total shmuck, don't you? You want the last word? Ok, here's another chance. Have at it.

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Posted by John on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 1:07 am

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