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Venezuela and History’s Family resemblances

2016/07/14

Venezuela’s military has taken control of Food production and distribution (to bring about Utopia)

“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? What’s important? What’s important is: What’s your satisfaction with the experience?”

(BBC – edited) Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army to monitor food processing plants, and co-ordinate the production and distribution of items. He says the measure is to fight the “economic war” he claims is being waged against his government by political foes, businessmen and the rest of the Venezuelan population or his other imaginary enemies.

Venezuela is going through hyperinflation and a deep economic crisis despite having abundant natural resources and one of the world’s largest oil reserves. Simply because the Maduro government has obviously exploited and mismanaged the country’s economy.

Flashback:  SPANISH CIVIL WAR ANARCHIST RATION CARDS

During the Spanish Civil War communists, socialists, anarchists (as well as many others) put aside their differences and banded together in an attempt to defeat the fascist Franco.   The anarchists had collectivized everything and the largest of their groups (CNT) boasted 1.58 million members.  They abolished money and used ration cards.
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It was the first time I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle. Practically every building of any size had been seized by the workers and was draped with red flags or with the red and black flag of the Anarchists; every wall was scrawled with the hammer and sickle and with the initials of the revolutionary parties; almost every church had been gutted and its images burnt. Churches here and there were being systematically demolished by gangs of workmen. Every shop and café had an inscription saying that it had been collectivised; even the bootblacks had been collectivised and their boxes painted red and black. Waiters and shop-walkers looked you in the face and treated you as an equal. Servile and even ceremonial forms of speech had temporarily disappeared. Nobody said Señor or Don or even Usted; everyone called everyone else Comrade and Thou, and even said Salud! instead of Buenos dias. —George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia, ch. I
Meanwhile in America
EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has broad powers in every aspect of the nation. General Frank Salzedo, chief of FEMA’s Civil Security Division stated in a 1983 conference that he saw FEMA’s role as a “new frontier in the protection of individual and governmental leaders from assassination, and of civil and military installations from sabotage and/or attack, as well as prevention of dissident groups from gaining access to U.S. opinion, or a global audience in times of crisis.” FEMA’s powers were consolidated by President Carter to incorporate the National Security Act of 1947 allows for the strategic relocation of industries, services, government and other essential economic activities, and to rationalize the requirements for manpower, resources and production facilities. 1950 Defense Production Act gives the President sweeping powers over all aspects of the economy. Act of August 29, 1916 authorizes the Secretary of the Army, in time of war, to take possession of any transportation system for transporting troops, material, or any other purpose related to the emergency. International Emergency Economic Powers Act enables the President to seize the property of a foreign country or national. These powers were transferred to FEMA in a sweeping consolidation in 1979.
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