Over on the Wall Street Journal, Anatoly Kurmanaev and John Otis have this eye-popping story of what a heist looks like in 21st Century Socialism.

Desperate for water, construction worker Pedro Pirela and his neighbors recently laid a nighttime ambush. Alerted by the roar of a water truck that supplies nearby hotels, they blocked the street and forced the driver to stop, then siphoned off his precious cargo.

Mr. Pirela and his co-conspirators had no choice, they said. A nationwide water shortage is crippling Venezuela, leaving faucets dry and contributing to rolling blackouts. Here on Margarita Island, a tourist destination that is also home to 500,000 permanent residents, the government said it could only supply water once every 21 days after a reservoir on the mainland dried up.

#MadMaxing much, are we?

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  1. What really pisses me off is that whenever things get out of control (Looting, lynching, etc) people react against each other, instead of reacting against the bloody government that is the root of all their problems.

    • That is precisely their strategy, divide and conquer 101!

      Opposition job’s #1 is naming responsibilities and naming institutional pressure points to guide growing dissent and tension, else MAD MAX for sure.

      • But, but, but if you blame for ANYTHING the TRUE culprit: hugo chávez, you’ll be offending and scaring away the disenchanted chavistas! And they deserve to have at least their little special snowflake prideeeee! D:<

        • If we are discussing responsibilities here chavez was not really it. We can think of many other enablers that brought that monster in: Caldera, Miquelena, El Nacional, etc… all corruptos de cabecera of the ancient regime.

          I think you are referring to communication strategies from a theoretical electoral perspective. If you agree with this , I also agree blasting chavez directly does not win any hearts, and backfires as a communication talking point, because of the strong emotional linkage.

          My apologies I am not clear enough, maduro just like chavez are but puppets of the real regime power core, i.e. castro’s inc. Target them as the external enemy (internal now since we are their colony) and rally a real resistance around that.

          IMO electoral mirages just keep us nailed to the current status quo. Time benefits the incumbent.

          • That was sarcasm, dude.

            The so-called “emotional linkage” could and should be destroyed by reminding chavistas daily, no, HOURLY, that Hugo Chávez is the main culprit of ALL their disgraces, because that’s the TRUTH. Just ask these questions and they all share a common response:

            Who forced the exchange control that destroyed Venezuela’s economy?

            Who made the hatred speech THE only speech because he lacked any valid arguments and reasons to back his claims?

            Who had the idea of the retaliation for political reasons as a means to get revenge?

            Who was the one that devised the expropiations as an instrument to achieve a monopoly whi was the other part of the reason of the chronic scarcity of everything in the country?

            Who let himself be manipulated by the castros to dismember Venezuela and sell them the pieces?

            And lastly, WHO GAVE THE CRIMINALS THE POWER TO BECOME THE THREAT AGAINST THE POPULATION FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE TO KEEP THE DOMINATION OVER THE PEOPLE?

            Hugo Chávez MUST be remembered by history for ALL the atrocities he comitted against Venezuela, and that must be hammered into the people’s minds so something like this would never happen again.

  2. http://youtu.be/Ev8bj_gNvOU

    Now that Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and even the darling of the latte liberals around the world, Uruguay, are all #madmaxing at different stages, some with the “warboys” already fighting for water and food in the streets, some others still climbing up the roller coaster in order to jump into the abyss full force later, I believe that we can clearly perceive how much we have been lied to throughout all these years, can’t we?

    The one thing we all living in Bolivarian countries have heard countless times — the ones abroad heard it from left-wing American and European newspapers like Le Monde, NYT, Guardian, Washington Times, Huffington Post, etc, etc — is obviously about how trillions of people have escaped poverty due to Bolivarian generosity.

    The poor Venezuelans believed that they were no longer poor, the poor in other countries too. “I am middle-class now, I have a cellphone.”, they would think proudly! “Now I have a voice!”, “It’s my turn!”, etc. But three things have always puzzled me about that, and I assume non-left-wing people in Venezuela probably have been asking to the sandy and windy Mad Max skies above the same questions as I did.

    1- Why have the slums only got bigger if trillions of people have left poverty? I have never seen one single big slum disappear in all these years, or even be transformed into some sort of respectable middle class neighbourhood that I assume middle class people would like to live in. Actually, I have seen middle class neighbourhoods becoming slums!

    2- Another thing that puzzles me is that all the poor people that I knew before the Bolivarians assumed power are still poor more than a decade later. They can believe that they have improved economically because, naturally, they have more appliances at home now. And relentless state propaganda brainwashes them. But the truth is that they still have no savings, no patrimony, no education. The chances of social mobility are next to zero. They are still very reliant on government’s support. And unless a miracle happens they will remain in such state until death. Everything they have, their “patrimony”, can be seen at their kitchens and living rooms. And it isn’t worth much. It’s sad, but it must be said.

    3- Based on number two above, it is obvious that if those people for some reason end up not receiving their monthly benefits/wages, they will have a hard time buying food immediatelly on the month that follows. If the doomsday clock says that we are three minutes away from a nuclear apocalypse, I believe that those people are already technically in a food apocalypse, specially if we consider the scarcity. The clock being set now to a gloomy perpetual midnight.

    So, I insist, what kind of middle class is that that have problems buying food? What kind of social mobility happened when your fridge goes empty if you don’t receive your benefit/wage?

    How could we have been fed so many lies for so long at all? Will people keep repeating ad nauseam that trillions of people have escaped poverty because of Lula and Chavez? If yes, why? I mean, read Quico’s post again, the warboys are already killing each other for fucking water. How low can this failed communist experiment still go? For how long can it still fool people with its lies?

    • Rubbing the egos of the resentful and manipulated people is the best way to control them.

      You see, they don’t see themselves as “I’m now middle class because I have a cellphone now”, many of them just see that “Now that fag I hated and envied all my life is having a hard time! That’s my revenge!”

      It’s all about revenge and payback, which makes chavismo the more pathetic, because it’s driven by a desire of vengeance sustained in absurd lies (“The middle class are fags that took everything from you!”), but many of the chavista base prefer to keep deceiving themselves rather than accept the truth, which is that in most cases, they drove themselves into the poverty they’re sunken and their only escape is actual work, which won’t net benefits until several years later.

      That idea terrifies and scares the hell outta chavistas, the prospect that they’ve to return to be salarymen that have to actually work to earn their paycheck and that they have to behave or otherwise they get screwed, because they also see society as just the imposition of “fag rules for the pendejos”

      Chávez promised that bunch of idiots that they would be able to live doing whatever they wanted and stoked the lies that castrocommunists fed to the population since the 60s.

      • I tried to merge all Bolivarian countries into one single small post, but of course the differences between the countries do exist. When I saw that video I linked above of the woman crying, I felt sorry for her, but then I also remembered that she’s only sad now because the situation FOR HER got bad. Until things were bad FOR OTHERS, she couldn’t care less. The situation in Brazil is a little bit different, because this ‘hate’ against other classes that so many here like to write about it, although it exists, is not as present as there. At least that’s the impression I get.

        The social base of our sort of Chavismo is pretty much composed of:
        – Big companies like Odebrecht, Itaú, etc
        -“Enchufados”, to use a Venezuelan term;
        – Artists, intellectuals, journalists, professors;
        – Unions;
        – Paramilitary militas like MST.

        Differently from Venezuela, they have never had “conquered” the “people”, and by that I mean the poor masses. The military is not theirs too.

        This “You see, they don’t see themselves as “I’m now middle class because I have a cellphone now”, many of them just see that “Now that fag I hated and envied all my life is having a hard time! That’s my revenge!” exist too, but not so much among the ordinary people. You only find that among the social base of our kind of Chavismo, even among the big companies you will find it because they are happy to destroy their competition (crony capitalism).

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