Watch Venezuela, Because Food Shortages, Looting And Economic Collapse Are Coming To America Too

By Michael Snyder, the Economic Collapse Blog.

Venezuela Economic CollapseThe full-blown economic collapse that is happening in Venezuela right now is a preview of what Americans will be experiencing in the not too distant future.  Just a few years ago, most Venezuelans could never have imagined that food shortages would become so severe that people would literally hunt dogs and cats for food.  But as you will see below, this is now taking place.  Sadly, this is what the endgame of socialism looks like.  When an all-powerful government is elevated far above all other institutions in society and radical leftists are given the keys to the kingdom, this is the result.  Food shortages, looting and rampant violent crime have all become part of daily life in Venezuela, and we all need to watch as this unfolds very carefully, because similar scenarios will soon be playing out all over the planet.

The funny thing is that Venezuela actually has more “wealth” than most countries in the world.  According to the CIA, Venezuela actually has more proven oil reserves than anyone else on the globe – including Saudi Arabia.

So how did such a wealthy nation find itself plunged into full-blown economic collapse so rapidly, and could a similar thing happen to us?

The president of Venezuela has declared a 60 day state of emergency in a desperate attempt to restore order, but most people don’t anticipate that it will do much good.  Social order continues to unravel as the economy systematically implodes.  The Venezuelan economy shrunk by 5.7 percent last year, and it is being projected that it will contract by another 8 percent in 2016.  Meanwhile, inflation is raging wildly out of control.  According to the IMF, the official inflation rate in Venezuela will be somewhere around 720 percent this year and 2,200 percent next year.

If people are able to get their hands on some money, they immediately rush out to the stores to use it before the prices go up again.  This has created devastating shortages of food, basic supplies and medicine.

Electricity is also in short supply, and a two day workweek has been imposed on many government employees in a desperate attempt to save power.  Violent crime is seemingly everywhere, and most law-abiding Venezuelans lock themselves in their homes at night as a result.

Much of the crime is being perpetrated by the mafia and the gangs, but sometimes it is just normal people looking for food.  Desperate people do desperate things, and according to the Guardian there have been “107 episodes of looting or attempted looting in the first quarter of 2016″…

Crowds of people in Venezuela have stolen flour, chicken and even underwear this week as looting increases across the country in the wake of shortages of many basic products. Many people have adopted the habit of getting up in the dead of night to spend hours in long lines in front of supermarkets. But as more end up empty-handed and black market prices soar, plundering is rising in Venezuela, an Opec nation that was already one of the world’s most violent countries.

There is no official data, but the Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict, a rights group, have reported 107 episodes of looting or attempted looting in the first quarter of 2016. Videos of crowds breaking into shops, swarming on to trucks or fighting over products frequently make the rounds on social media, though footage is often hard to confirm.

One example of this looting took place on May 11th.  Thousands of hungry people stormed Maracay Wholesale Market in central Venezuela, and the police seemed powerless to stop them

“They took milk, pasta, flour, oil, and milk powder. There were 5,000 people,”one witness told Venezuela outlet El Estímulo.

People from across the entire state came to the supermarket because there were rumors that some products not found anywhere else would be sold there.

“There were 250 people for each National Guard officer… lots of people and few soldiers. At least one officer was beat up because he tried to stop the crowd,” another source told El Estímulo.

You can see some rough footage of this incident right here

It is important to remember that this was not an isolated incident.  As people have become hungrier and hungrier, there have been reports of looting at “pharmacies, shopping malls, supermarkets, and food delivery trucks“.  During some of these episodes there have actually been people chanting “we are hungry”.

Other Venezuelans have resorted to digging in dumpsters and trash cans for food.  This many seem detestable to many Americans, but when you are desperately hungry you may be surprised at what you are willing to do.

And as I mentioned above, some Venezuelans and now actually hunting dogs and cats for food

Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food.

Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger.

You may be tempted to dismiss these people as “barbarians”, but someday Americans will be doing the exact same thing.

There has been a breakdown of basic social services in Venezuela as well.  Acute shortages of drugs and medical supplies are having absolutely tragic results.  When I read the following from the New York Times, this crisis in Venezuela become much more real to me…

By morning, three newborns were already dead.

The day had begun with the usual hazards: chronic shortages of antibiotics, intravenous solutions, even food. Then a blackout swept over the city, shutting down the respirators in the maternity ward.

Doctors kept ailing infants alive by pumping air into their lungs by hand for hours. By nightfall, four more newborns had died.

So once again I ask – how did such a thing happen to such a wealthy nation?

Here is Business Insider’s explanation…

The real culprit is chavismo, the ruling philosophy named for Chavez and carried forward by Maduro, and its truly breathtaking propensity for mismanagement (the government plowed state money arbitrarily into foolish investments); institutional destruction (as Chavez and then Maduro became more authoritarian and crippled the country’s democratic institutions); nonsense policy-making (like price and currency controls); and plain thievery (as corruption has proliferated among unaccountable officials and their friends and families).

Are not the same things happening here?

The U.S. government is mismanaging our money too.  During Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House, the U.S. national debt has risen by more than eight trillion dollars.  We waste money in some of the most bizarre ways imaginable, and at this point our national debt is nearly the double the size it was just prior to the last major financial crisis.

Institutional destruction is also a legacy of the Obama regime.  With each passing day, our society resembles the Republic that our founders originally intended less and less, and it resembles socialist dictatorships more and more.  We may as well not even have a Constitution anymore, because at this point nobody really follows it.

The third thing that Business Insider mentioned, “nonsense policy-making”, is a perfect description of what has been going on in Washington D.C. these days.  Perhaps that is why Congress only has a 12.8 percent approval rating right now.

Lastly, thievery and corruption are also out of control in our nation too.  The elite and special interest groups spend massive amounts of money to get their favorites into office, and in turn those politicians shower their good friends with money and favors.  It is a very sick relationship, but that is how our system now works.

We are sitting on the largest mountain of debt in the history of the planet, and our debt-fueled prosperity is completely dependent on the rest of the world lending us gigantic amounts of money at ridiculously low interest rates and continuing to use our increasingly shaky currency which we are debasing at a staggering pace.

We consume far more than we produce, and unlike Venezuela we aren’t sitting on hundreds of billions of barrels of oil.  The amount of “real wealth” that we actually have does not justify our current standard of living.  The only way that we are able to live the way that we do is by stealing consumption from the future.  One study has found that our debt level is the highest that it has been since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and yet we continue to race down this road to economic oblivion without even thinking twice about it.

What you sow is what you will reap.

And just like Venezuela, America will ultimately reap a very bitter harvest.

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  • Eol Awki

    “Sadly, this is what the endgame of socialism looks like.”

    That’s a bit of a simplistic comment. Granted Venezuela has its share of corruption and authoritarianism – no argument there. But there is more to thins story, as there is with virtually every socialist state that has ever existed. For one thing, whenever socialism pops its head up in the world, the Powers-That-Be circle the wagons, isolate the ‘disease’ and punish it economically (and sometimes militarily) ceaselessly and without mercy. It is difficult to be successful when the rest of the world (meaning the US and Europe) are against you. It’s tantamount to killing a defenceless baby soon after birth.

    • jadan

      You’re too nice to this malevolent little creep.

      • Eol Awki

        You’re right….my error!….LOL

  • nomadfiles

    You refer to Nazi Germany as a socialist dictatorship? Is this the same as fascism? In any case there is nothing remotely socialist or leftist about Barack Obama. So equating the two regimes is misguided.

    • berger friedrich-wolfgang

      OUR BRITISH TALMUDISTS , Ever had a Very “Contemptuous OPINION” of “DEUTSCHLAND” !!!

  • spruce221

    Don’t you suppose the CIA and its proxies in VZ have been active pulling out as many social and technological supports as they can manage. It’s what the agency does best. If they can’t buy their way into control, they send in the jackels who covertly damage infrastructure and sow seeds of distrust in the common folk. Mismanagement is one thing; treason and inciting riots is another kettle of slime.

    • epazote

      You are correct
      This article was published 2 years ago…”MeetVenezuela’s Opposition Leader”
      http://www.alternet.org/world/meet-venezuelas-opposition-leader

      Leopoldo Lopez, scion of Venezuela’s oligarch family. Son of cia asset who funneled money from Venezuela’s oligarchs to Nicaraguan Contras. Cousin of Billionaire Thorr Halversson. Long time recipient of NED funding……..and more

  • berger friedrich-wolfgang

    Seems Mikl just Finished his “Corporate-financed Galactic VACATION” ! The “Kerry-Instigated ‘CFR – Anti-Russian’ Oil-Prize-Boycott” Cruelly Backfired , and the Price for “OIL” hits “Negative $$ – Profits in a Row ! So the Venezuelan Crisis has Nothing to Do , with “SOCIALISM” , But “ALL , with the Fascist Oligarchs , Who Deny the “Hungry POORS” , Relief !!!

  • Yes indeed! 05/13/2016 Scenes From The Venezuela Apocalypse: “Countless Wounded” After 5,000 Loot Supermarket Looking For Food

    Over the last several years we have documented with clockwork regularity Venezuela’s collapse into failed state status, which was cemented several weeks ago when news hit that “Venezuela had officially run out of money to print new money.” At that point the best one could do was merely to step back and watch as local society and civilization turned on itself, unleashing what would ultimately turn into Venezuela’s own, sad apocalypse.

    http://www.govtslaves.info/scenes-from-the-venezuela-apocalypse-countless-wounded-after-5000-loot-supermarket-looking-for-food/

    https://youtu.be/YG7lMJJOOdc

  • Eol Awki

    I can see why it was removed.

    • y3shuA imMANu3l

      Mark 13:37
      What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'”

  • Mr Boompi

    They may have oil, but they need to pump it, export it, and sell it. They need USD for trading. Where there is no cooperation from the outside, or even from the country’s elites, this is the outcome. If our government refused to create more money and spend it like drunken sailors, the same thing would no doubt happen to us. It doesn’t really matter what type of government anyone has. As long as they play ball with the globalists, they can have anything from socialism, like the Scandinavian countries, to brutal dictatorships and monarchies. Of course corruption makes things worse. But there is still a difference between authorized corruption and unauthorized corruption. The US will help corrupt leaders everywhere as long as they do what they are told.

  • paul

    As so many here have rightly pointed out, countries that don’t play ball with the US/Nato financial elites are punished severely, with the cooperation of their own financial elites, and if that doesn’t bring them down, they are ultimately attacked militarily. Even Russia will ultimately discover this. The probable murder of Chavez made it easier to bring Venezuela down economically. Interesting, the ALBA countries that Venezuela helped when oil was trading high seem to have turned their back now. VZ needs to make oil for food deals with those countries.

  • hyperbola

    This article shows the danger of “journalists” trying to analyze events within the limits of their own preconcieved “memes”.

    I wonder if this “journalist” knows that the groups behind the present “opposition” in Venezuela massacred several hundred or even thousand people when their “neoliberal” economic policies brought Venezuela to near collapse. I´m certain this “journalist” will be able to read and understand this.

    ¿Quien es Moisés Naím?
    http://radio-berlin.blogspot.com.es/2008/03/moiss-nam-articulista-de-el-pas.html

    …. hay un tema que parece obsesionarle: la Venezuela de Hugo Chávez, de la que habla en la mayoría de sus misivas.La columna lleva por título el Observador Global. Pero ¿quién es este observador?. ¿Quién es el nuevo encargado de gritar contra la Revolución Bolivariana las mentiras y medias verdades a las que nos tienen acostumbrados?. ¿Quién es el fichaje contratado en plena campaña por el Referéndum Constitucional Venezolano?. Este personaje era ministro de Industria y Comercio con el gobierno de Carlos Andrés Pérez cuando sucedió el Caracazo. En el Caracazo, una revuelta popular contra las reformas neoliberales del gobierno que sumían en la pobreza a la población, se produjeron cientos, quizás miles, de asesinatos de ciudadanos por parte de las fuerzas del orden. La Corte Iberoamericana de Derechos Humanos declaró responsable de estos hechos al Gobierno de Venezuela. O sea, Moisés Naím es responsable, en mayor o menor medida, de asesinatos según la citada Corte. Recordemos que Carlos Andrés Pérez sigue siendo prófugo de la justicia venezolana. Hoy Moisés Naím vive en Washington, capital del imperio. Fue además miembro de la junta directiva del Banco Mundial….

    • hyperbola

      Venezuela Opposition Founded by Wall Street Alumni
      US prepares to “restore democracy” with Wall Street-groomed opposition.
      http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/venezuela-opposition-founded-by-wall.html

      US Plots Conquest of Venezuela in Wake of Chavez’ Death
      http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/us-plots-conquest-of-venezuela-in-wake.html

      US corporate-financier funded think-tank, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), declared in its “post-Chávez checklist for US policymakers,” that the US must move quickly to reorganize Venezuela according to US interests. Upon its checklist were “key demands”: ….

      In reality, AEI is talking about dismantling entirely the obstacles that have prevented the US and the corporate-financier interests that direct it, from installing a client regime and extracting entirely Venezuela’s wealth while obstructing, even dismantling the progress and geopolitical influence achieved by the late President Hugo Chavez throughout South America and beyond.

      … West Has Positioned Proxies to Strip Venezuela to the Bones After Chavez’ Passing

      Primero Justicia (Justice First) was co-founded by Leopoldo Lopez and Julio Borges, who like Radonski, have been backed for nearly a decade by the US State Department. Primero Justicia and the network of foreign-funded NGOs that support it have been recipients of both direct and indirect foreign support for at least just as long. ….

      Dark Days Ahead.

      Dark days indeed lay ahead for Venezuela, with the AEI “checklist” foreshadowing an “uprising,” stating: ….

      US military contractors and special forces had been caught operating in and around Venezuela. Just as there were warning signs in Syria years before the 2011 conflict began, the US’ intentions of provoking bloodshed and regime change in Venezuela stretch back as far as 2002. Just as Syria is now facing a Western-engineered proxy war, Venezuela will too, with the AEI already declaring US plans to wage a Syria-style proxy war in South America. ….