[[ Ain't socialism wonderful!!!  ]]
Dr. Eowyn posted: "Susan Warner writes for The Gatestone Institute (via
ZeroHedge), that Venezuela, an oil-producing OPEC state that at one time
claimed to be the most prosperous nation in Latin America, "is unraveling
at breakneck speed": A dozen eggs now cost $150, "
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<http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/author/eowyn2/> $150 for a dozen eggs:
Venezuela in 720% hyperinflation death spiral
Dr. Eowyn <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/author/eowyn2/>

Susan Warner writes for *The Gatestone Institute*
<https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/8924/venezuela-death-spiral> (via
that Venezuela, an oil-producing OPEC state that at one time claimed to be
the most prosperous nation in Latin America, "is unraveling at breakneck

   - *A dozen eggs now cost $150*, as *inflation will hit 720% this year*
   according to the International Monetary Fund.
   - It's not just insanely overpriced food; there is a shortage of food to
   buy, as well as medicine, electricity and water. For some months now, there
   are reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to
   discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are
   - A once comfortable middle-class Venezuelan father is seen scrambling
   desperately to find his family's next meal, sometimes *hunting through
   garbage for salvageable food*.
   - Desperate *people are killing household pets and zoo animals for food.*
   - The 75% majority of Venezuelans who were in poverty before the
   economic collapse reportedly
   are *verging on starvation*.

[image: Typical grocery story in Venezuela]

Typical grocery story in Venezuela

But President Nicolás Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez -- actor Sean
Penn's BFF -- is doubling down on the proven failed policies and
philosophies of "Bolivarian Socialism," while diverting attention away from
the crisis by blaming Venezuela's collapse on foreign "enemies" such as the
United States, Saudi Arabia and others.

Only 9 years ago, U.S. policy "experts" celebrated Chavez's socialist
revolution. In a 2007 study, "The Chávez Administration at 10 Years: The
Economy and Social Indicators
<https://ideas.repec.org/p/epo/papers/2009-04.html>," for the liberal
Washington, D.C. think tank, the Center for Economic and Policy Research,
economists Mark Weisbrot and Luis Sandoval
<http://cepr.net/documents/publications/venezuela_2007_07.pdf> wrote:

"[a]t present it does not appear that the current economic expansion is
about to end any time in the near future. The gains in poverty reduction,
employment, education and health care that have occurred in the last few
years are likely to continue along with the expansion."

[image: mark-weisbrot]

There's a name for people like Weisbrot, Sandoval, and Penn.

It's "useful idiots": People who, unwittingly, are propagandists for a
cause the goals of which they are not fully aware, and who are used
cynically by the leaders of the cause.

Except that in the case of intellectuals like Mark Weisbrot and Luis
Sandoval, they are not unaware ignorants. Neither is Sean Penn. There
should be another name for them:

*Malevolent *useful idiots

It's just too bad these "malevolent useful idiots" for socialism are never
there to pick up the pieces for Venezuelans and other peoples across the
world, including the American poor and middle class, when it all goes bad
-- which it always has and inevitably will.

Meanwhile, as the people of Venezuela starve, Sean Penn is still nowhere to
be seen in their country to help out the starving poor.

With an estimated net worth of $150 million
Penn <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Penn#Early_life> has lived a
privileged life since birth as the son of actor-director Leo Penn (and
grandson of Ashkenazi Jewish emigrants from Lithuania and Russia). Sean has
been signed to star in a new movie
*Professor & the Mad Men*, with Mel Gibson, and was last spotted
August 23, having dinner at the elegant Mediterranean restaurant Il
Piccolino in West Hollywood, where the menu
<http://www.ilpiccolinorestaurant.com/files/Lunch.pdf> includes steaks,
chicken, veal, lamb, artisan duck sausages, seafood pasta, and octopus

[image: Sean Penn at Il Piccolino restaurant, August 23, 2016]

Sean Penn at Il Piccolino restaurant, August 23, 2016

See also:

   - Venezuela at the abyss: 500,000 swarm streets of capital to demand
   recall of president
   - Venezuela is shutting down
   - Apocalyptic Venezuela: 5,000 loot supermarket; president declares
   - This is Venezuela: Mob burns a man alive over $5
   - Socialist Venezuela into the abyss: people are killing pets for food
   - Socialist Hugo Chavez died with a family fortune worth $2 billion


*Dr. Eowyn <http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/author/eowyn2/>* | September
16, 2016 at 6:55 am | Tags: Center for Economic and Policy Research
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