The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Spanish: Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV) is a socialist political party which has ruled Venezuela since 2010. As time went on, hunger became ever more widespread. Despite experiencing what can only be described as an economic disaster, many people still defended the policies of the regime, and even the regime itself. Daniel Di Martino is a Venezuelan citizen, PhD student in Economics at Columbia University, and Young Voices Senior Contributor. If I ever had to leave at night, my parents would rush home with me as fast as they could. The number of reported kidnappings increased by nearly. This is in line with Chávez's Socialism of the 21st century. . Despite experiencing what can only be described as an economic disaster, many people still defended the policies of the regime, and even the regime itself. The famous gummies and yogurts from my childhood â and even my favorite brand of white chocolate â became impossible to find. We assume the principle of civic-military unity to guarantee the defense of national and popular sovereignty. My hometown of Caracas consistently has one of the. âThe main problem of Venezuela is â¦ Despite this environment, Venezuelans remained inexplicably hopeful for years. It was formed from a merger of some of the political and social forces that support the Bolivarian Revolution led by President Hugo Chávez. This meant that raising taxes wasnât an option for ChÃ¡vez in order to fund his programs, since a large proportion of the country simply did not pay any taxes or abide by regulations due to their great burden. DOMINION RAID CLAIM. Neither can I go back to my beloved school where I studied ever since I was 3 years old until I left the country at 17. Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. All my grandparents set up small businesses, bought homes, and rose from poverty to the middle class. Based on my national ID number, I was only permitted to go on Mondays and Saturdays. I take solace in the fact that the Venezuelan experience serves a learning opportunity for the world and that I am blessed to live in America. The building where my aunt lives in Caracas has been fired upon multiple times by colectivos as they ride in motorcycles armed with large weapons. Between 2007 and 2008, for example, nonprofit organizations discovered that the regime only distributed 14% of the food it purchased for Venezuelan citizens. In the first few years, the regime got lucky as oil prices rapidly increased from $10 per barrel to over $100. Birthdays were now celebrated around lunch time, as the danger was too great at night. As the bureaucracy grew larger, it also grew more oppressive. And as the government grew, so did the levels of corruption. It fueled inflation and destroyed everyoneâs purchasing power, especially that of poor Venezuelans. This same fundamental high-level failure occurred in every area the government controlled. Ten-story structures would not have a functioning elevator, and some would even collapse after just a few years. Bizarrely, I even had to practice my own story to tell about my family in the event that I was kidnapped, to avoid criminals thinking they could demand more money. Iâd frequently hear how if the regime was ousted, we couldnât remove price and currency controls or enable privatization because chaos would immediately follow. When I speak with my friends and family, I hear resignation, with the choice being to remain and attempt to survive, or find a way to leave. So, to fill in the gap ChÃ¡vez turned to the Central Bank. Unfortunately for us, free elections havenât taken place for years, and wonât happen anytime soon. Such journeys are dangerous. Chávez styled himself as the leader of the â Bolivarian Revolution,â a socialist political program for much of Latin America, named after Simón Bolívar, the South American independence hero.  PODEMOS, PPT and PCV initially stated they would wait until PSUV had been founded and decide their membership in the new party based on its program. Although it might seem relatively meaningless, I found that one of the saddest and most immediate consequences of these socialist policies was the disappearance of classic Venezuelan brands and products. The PSUV defend the Bolivarian Revolution as a process of peaceful transition to socialism and, therefore, of overcoming capitalism. The number of reported kidnappings increased by nearly 800% in ChÃ¡vezâs first decade in power, and armed robberies became so routine that they were subjects of casual conversations among friends. Bizarrely, I even had to practice my own story to tell about my family in the event that I was kidnapped, to avoid criminals thinking they could demand more money. The views expressed in this piece are the authorâs own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire. This was more than just an inconvenience as it would destroy our fridge, microwave, and other expensive electrical equipment. I didnât even tell my friends the truth about what my parents did for a living until I left the country and neither did many middle class families. , I was only permitted to go on Mondays and Saturdays. My former home proved yet again that, even if democratically elected at first, a government that takes away its peopleâs freedom, ends in disaster. The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Spanish: Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, PSUV) is a socialist political party which has ruled Venezuela since 2010. Last month, 20 Venezuelans, including children, died in the Caribbean Sea trying to escape their own country. But all of that is gone. By 2016, free market advocacy had become commonplace. Clearly, living through socialism is the best way to learn what it actually means. Some conservatives may be discouraged by the latest surveys confirming that nearly one-half of millennials are receptive to living under socialism and regard capitalism as a captive of greed. Shockingly, since 2016, the overall inflation rate in Venezuela has amounted to over 50,000,000% ð thatâs equivalent to a dollar store increasing prices from $1 to over $500,000 in just a few years. The good news is that it seems that the ever-worsening economic crisis eventually started to change peopleâs minds.  The process was led by Chávez' own party, the Fifth Republic Movement, and was supported by a range of smaller parties such as the People's Electoral Movement (MEP), Venezuelan Popular Unity (UPV), the Tupamaro Movement, the Socialist League and others which all together added up 45.99% of the votes received by Chávez during the 2006 election. Do not translate text that appears unreliable or low-quality. He was named in Newsmaxâs top 50 Influential African-American Republicans in 2017, and, in 2016, served as a board member of the National Diversity Coalition for â¦ While this is bad for an average American family, in food-scarce Venezuela, it was a cruel nightmare, leaving us with the task of spending a fortune on the black market and waiting in line again when we had to. By 2017, before the country spiraled into an even deeper crisis, Venezuela already had one of the, This dark reality is a stark contrast with the Venezuela my parents and grandparents knew for most of their lives.  The UBCh originated as a group to defend the Bolivarian Revolution and support the party through electoral processes in Venezuela, and were transformed into their current name in 2013. None of this is anecdotal. I wish that her story was an outlier, but countless other Venezuelans will confirm similar experiences. Venezuelaâs socialist policies and practices have all but eliminated any labor freedom. Wayne Dupree was invited to the White House to talk to President Trump on messaging to the black community. As years passed, the price of an empanada rose rapidly, from just ten bol, vars (our currency), to 20, then 100, 1,000, 10,000, and much higher. As time went on, hunger became ever more widespread.  In the 2020 elections however, amid a widespread opposition boycott, they won back a supermajority of the chamber.. Iâd frequently hear how if the regime was ousted, we couldnât remove price and currency controls or enable privatization because chaos would immediately follow. We can consider Venezuela a largely failed attempt to construct socialism, I think that is fair, but Venezuela did not even escape the contradictions of capitalism, let alone embark on the construction of communism. If prices increased, it was speculators who were at fault, not the government for controlling the price or nationalizing businesses. Kidnappings became so common that the term â. I have a framed picture of my high school class in my living room in Lexington, KY and half of my then-classmates have now left Venezuela. Venezuela is now just a memory of what it once was. In a disgusting display of power, workers in public-facing government institutions were forced to wear red shirts, the color of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela. murder rates in the world, along with other Venezuelan cities. In the attempt to administer these âfreeâ programs, ChÃ¡vez and then Maduro doubled the size of the government workforce between, . Socialism ripped families like mine apart through exile, and diminished friendships with distance. I was also lucky in this respect, because our kitchen had a gas-powered stove, and so we could still cook without electricity. Eventually, however, even that wasnât enough to cover the cost of all the additional government spending. Guaidó blames failed socialist policies and repression for pushing the once-prosperous democracy into a humanitarian crisis. All of this out of fear of being kidnapped, robbed, or murdered in an increasingly dangerous country. , As of 2014, the party has been described as "fracturing" and "weakening" due to the loss of Hugo Chávez, the poor state of Venezuela's economy and falling oil prices. It was the American dream, is a Venezuelan citizen, PhD student in Economics at Columbia University, and Young Voices Senior Contributor. It is marked by hyperinflation, escalating starvation, disease, crime and mortality rates, resulting in massive emigration from the country. Just like Cubans, Russians, Eastern Europeans, Chinese, and other victims of socialist regimes before us, those who once lost their freedom very often become freedomâs strongest advocates. Venezuela was a powerhouse of South America in the 1990s. With little formal education, my grandparents initially worked in garages, cleaning homes, and at shoe factories. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. While ChÃ¡vezâs promises knew no bounds, neither did the governmentâs budget. Socialism took away the most beautiful thing Venezuelans had: hope. The Daily Wire is one of Americaâs fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. We hid the chocolate she purchased in case the police stopped us, risking. Former Socialist Countries . Maduro studied in Cuba, was a member of the super left-wing Socialist League, and worked as a union negotiator before joining electoral politics in Venezuela as Chávez took power. But inequality grew extreme. Today, the latest polls show that nearly 8 in 10 Venezuelans donât want Venezuela to be a socialist country anymore.  PPT, at its 2007 congress on 10 and 11 April, decided not to join but re-affirmed its support for Chávez and the Bolivarian Revolution. My mother, who then started a side business making chocolate bonbons for events, had to purchase her supplies illegally at prices above those set by the authorities. The military â who were placed in charge of food distribution â would steal the shipments to feed their own families. The economy has shrunk by â¦ If the economic collapse, socialist culture, and oppressive regime werenât enough to deal with, our life was made more difficult in yet another terrible way â the prevalence of violence and crime. While ChÃ¡vez and then Maduro grew ever more unpopular, people were brainwashed into believing that â despite evidence to the contrary â socialist policies were the way forward. As the money printing press was kicked into full. We must keep alive the idea of Venezuela because even though we canât erase the past suffering caused by this socialist regime, we can build a free and prosperous future where no country falls under this ideology ever again, and where socialism eventually becomes extinct.Â. With the removal of profit incentives and the absurd increase in government hiring, production rates plummeted until the state-owned enterprises went broke and shut down. Prepare for World War 3 and nuclear annihilation with America sent back to the Dark Ages if Biden and Democrats get their way If prices increased, it was speculators who were at fault, not the government for controlling the price or nationalizing businesses. Former President Bill Clinton made it his first stop on a trip to the region in 1997. Venezuela, once one of the largest producers of cocoa on the planet, ran out of chocolate as the regime imposed restrictive price controls. After all, without electricity we wouldnât have water or internet service either and elevators didnât work.  In 23 November PSUV elections, it was reported by party dissidents that very few individuals participated, with less than 10% of the supposedly 7.6 million members casting a vote.. You should feel encouraged by this too, with the millions of Venezuelans scattered across the world standing as potential ambassadors for freedom. By 2016, free market advocacy had become commonplace. One of the greatest tragedies of the regime is that many of those I thought of as stubbornly hopeful are now hopeless. The party values in the same way the principles of scientific socialism, Christianity, Liberation theology, all critical and humanist universal thought, gender equity and equality, and the ethical obligation to build a [political] model respectful of life and mother Earth that guarantees human survival. I kept hearing âNext year, Maduro will leave power,â âthings canât get worse than this,â âthe military will overthrow him,â âsomeone will do something.â I was not as hopeful and decided to focus on learning English and studying so that I could have a real hope of finding opportunities elsewhere â in America. Their destinations include Colombia, Panama, Chile, America and Spain. So, like myself, over five million of my fellow citizens have packed their bags in recent years and left Venezuela in search of a better future for themselves and their families. Every day after school, I would see a white board in my building entrance with the schedule for that dayâs water availability: 5:00am â 6:00am, 12:00pm â 12:30pm, 7:00pm-8:00pm. A couple of years ago, a 75 year-old Venezuelan, because he didnât want to be a burden to his family. Over 300,000 people have been murdered in Venezuela, a country with a population of approximately 29 million, since ChÃ¡vez took office in 1999. in ChÃ¡vezâs first decade in power, and armed robberies became so routine that they were subjects of casual conversations among friends. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming aÂ member. ... Socialist regimes either collapse or survive only by becoming less socialist; the more a â¦ Unfortunately for us, free elections havenât taken place for years, and wonât happen anytime soon. The Party builds on the cult of personality of Hugo Chávez, with revolutionary symbols like the Chávez eyes sometimes along with the party symbols. She then decided, understandably, to say that she didnât recognize her captors in order to avoid likely retribution. My grandparents traveled from Spain and Italy in the 1950s to Venezuela, then the, country on the planet. Others by boat to Aruba or Trinidad and Tobago. I didnât even tell my friends the truth about what my parents did for a living until I left the country and neither did many middle class families. This amounts to more deaths than U.S. soldiers killed in World War I, Vietnam, and Korea, combined. The country's constitution is explicit in its definition of the government structure, stating that Angola is a socialist state.However, the government is yet to implement these provisions of the constitution that would make Angola a socialist state in practice. Venezuelans were waking up. Socialist International denounces illegitimate elections in Venezuela SI Committee for the CIS, Caucasus and Black Sea focuses on key regional issues at virtual meeting SI calls for release of CDPA leader in Togo A welcome victory for Biden in the USA The members of the SI Presidum from all continents convened for an online meeting Gangs known as colectivos responsible for robberies, kidnappings and murders owe their very existence to this corruption, and happily offer their criminal services to help crack down on enemies of the regime.