Dose of Liberty Ep 04 – Guns and Activism

The podcast brings Jordan Lee, Tammy, Bruno and Libertarian Home founder Simon Gibbs, discussing the very current topic of Gun Rights, given the recent mass shooting in Parkland Florida, and debating different aspects of self-defence, statistics related to guns and implications of stricter laws. Private VS Public Schools stats also come into discussion, is the schooling system failing students ?

In the second part of the podcast, the Libertarian movement in the UK is brought into focus with ideas and suggestions on how to improve the visibility, cohesion and size of the British pro-freedom advocacy group.

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Absurd Venezuela

In my last post, I laid before you the current state of Venezuela, the misery imposed on its people by a socialist government which has yet to answer for the atrocities being inflicted on millions. Absurdities like “Coca-Cola ceases production in Venezuela due to sugar shortage”, “Gigantic beer crisis in Venezuela” and “McDonald’s takes Big Macs off menu citing the bread shortage in Venezuela” brought Venezuela to the news lately. I wish the list of incongruences would be shorter, that way I could focus more, but there is a sea of monstrous news to pick from when it comes to Venezuela, and we must carry on, so hold tight and I will bring you some more Bolivarian delights, which you can either use to prick fun at your commie friends or help by coming up with ideas to help (I am currently evaluating ways of sending aid and support to Venezuelans, advices are welcome).

On Venezuela’s latest submission to the “Unfortunate News” sponsored by the It Was Not Real Socialism Association, the said government has imposed forced labour on workers, who can now be forcefully moved from their jobs to farm fields or elsewhere in the agricultural sector for 60 days in order to “achieve strategic levels of self-sufficiency”. Yes, you read it right, as of July 2016, Venezuelans can be forced to work, and it is all legal thanks to Resolution no. 9855. Jamaica is currently paying off its oil debt to Venezuela by supplying them with food on a barter system, not a bad deal for Jamaicans if you ask me, but I bet you Venezuelans are much happier, and would trade much more oil for food if they could, taking into consideration the hours of queues for grocery shopping, often unsuccessful, or just watch what happened when the Venezuelan government opened the borders with Colombia to allow people to shop for basics. Even the Zoo animals are starving in Venezuela.

Fast forward a bit and we get a Recall Referendum being demanded by the opposition, which has gathered signatures to call for the public’s opinion on Maduro’s lingering mandate. Being successful on the first stage, the movement has already met a blip, the Supreme Court declared the parliament in contempt for swearing in opposition delegates, which nulls and voids all decisions until they step down. The National Electoral Council (CNE) did not set a date for the recall process to go ahead, when the opposition will have three days to collect 4 million signatures.

The evident love affair between Latin American countries and Socialism does not get enough repercussion. Apart from Castro’s lost paradise and recent hunger-ridden Venezuela, most people are surprised to know how most, if not all, Latino countries have a large socialist influence. Just in the past week, Nicaragua, part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our Americas (ALBA), suffered a Coup, rendering Daniel Ortega, the president of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, an effective dictator, deposing each and every opposition lawmaker at once. Ortega has been in power before, from 1979 to 1990, and in this turn has been in charge since 2007, he has since, amended the constitution, extending his mandate, now indefinitely. You can read more here.

As the cases pile up, rendering Latin America a new Soviet breeding ground, the whole world pretends to pay attention by tuning in to The Olympic Games in Brazil, most likely trying and portray a happy, rich, safe country (despite the news) making a case for the now impeached left wing Dilma to make it back to power, having for years supported Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and more. Despite the playful tone, I would like to raise awareness to a serious ongoing violence against the liberty of the people, propaganda is proving successful, thousands are starving, dying without medication, and their agenda is to spread this to the whole continent.

Stay tuned for the next episodes of the Latino commie telenovela.

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So what’s going on in Venezuela?

In the past 2 weeks Venezuela has been hitting the news with worrying updates about how the current Maduro regime has allowed its population to descend slowly and painfully into a situation of chaos, starvation and violence. The self-declared Bolivarian government is a continuation of Chavez’s policies and has long term plans to transform the country in a socialist member of the Foro de Sao Paulo.

If you are unfamiliar with the term “Foro de Sao Paulo”, a quick Google search will show up pretty quickly what has been going on in South America in the last two decades. Long story short, this pact was signed in 1990 in Sao Paulo – Brazil , by the leftist parties and organizations in Latin America and The Caribbean, 48 in total, led by the Worker’s Party from Brazil, as an answer to the fall of the Berlim Wall and alternative to neoliberalist measures to come, forming a socialist block in Latin America. According to Wikipedia their political positions vary across a wide spectrum, which includes: social-democratic parties, left-wing grass-roots labor and social movements inspired by the Catholic Church, ethnic and environmentalist groups, anti-imperialist and nationalist organizations, communist parties, and armed guerrilla forces.

With this background, it is easy to understand why and how South America had so many left wing governments in the last 20 years and why they supported each other so fiercely. Unfortunately Venezuela’s reality did not cope with the very real consequences of a socialist approach to the economy, and even with it’s eye-opening largest oil reserves, the country spiraled down into poverty and shortages of just about anything, including electricity, having daily powercuts and reduced workweeks. The average Venezuelan spends over 8 hours a day on queues for basic supplies and the currency’s inflation is so high that the government has run out of printing paper. Coca-Cola has recently ceased production, as sugar is not available, becoming the latest in a string of companies and factories to shut down activities as a result of the narrowing rope in Venezuela’s economy.

The daily violence has been reported by international media, as the population scavenges loots and even hunts street animals to feed from, wars are fought between drug lords and lives are taken as if humanity no longer has a hold in society’s collective interest, the only purpose now is survival. Hospitals deal with daily tragedies, where patients have no access to medication, or sanitary conditions, corpses lie in the corridors and newborns perish by the dozens without a fair chance to fight for life.

The government has issued a state of emergency decree, putting the 520-thousand-strong army in a difficult position against the civil population. The government may now also confiscate factories and businesses affected by the appalling crisis. Humanitarian aid and foreign help have been blocked, while plump president Maduro watches the Venezuelan population be stripped of rights, maintenance, health and worst, humanity.