"I often say only half-jokingly to students on college campuses who are all in with Bernie Sanders that if they think socialism is such a wonderful economic model: How about a one-way ticket to Caracas?" Stephen Moore, an economic policy analyst and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, wrote of Venezuela's capitol in a Washington Times op-ed published May 21.
"You'd be a fool to go there today. Venezuela is a human-rights crisis of epic proportions, with mass hunger, mass poverty, despair, ghetto upon ghetto, and a mass exodus of private businesses and anyone with money," Moore added.
"The burgeoning resistance throws Molotov cocktails, rocks, and even human feces at the security forces during the nonstop rioting. 'I don't fear death because this life is crap,' one protester told the WSJ," Moore added. "It turns out that 'share the wealth' eventually means there is no wealth, and the egalitarian dream means everyone becomes equally poor. Venezuela is on its way to becoming the next North Korea."
Rich in natural resources, Venezuela is estimated to have the largest oil reserves in the world. The populace was deceived into electing a socialist government whose policies have destroyed the country. Anarchy and chaos now reign in much of the country.
If the pipe dreams of the progressive elites in the U.S. come to fruition, the same thing will eventually happen here with our culture resembling the 1981 movie "Escape From New York". In that case, arm yourself (while you still can) to protect your family and loved ones. The egalitarian dream of socialism really means everyone becomes equally miserable, except of course the elites at the top.