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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Socialism Always Kills: Forced Labor in Venezuela

By Rick Pearcey • August 4, 2016, 10:42 AM

In a video on this page, Matt Kibbe explores how "socialism always kills."

Here is a transcript of Kibbe's remarks:

People in Venezuela who have never spent a day of their life on a farm may soon be forced by the government to work the farmlands.

President Nicolás Madura has decreed that anybody could be drafted for up to 60 days to help increase aggregate food output.

Amnesty International says that this is just forced labor by some other words, but aren't we really talking about slavery here?

This is a classic socialist strategy.

As things start to unwind, governments start to enforce, by dictate, at the point of a gun, forced labor.

History repeats itself.

The same strategy was used by Fidel Castro to force his people to work the sugar fields.

It happened under the Khmer Rouge as Pol Pot insisted that production quotas were not met because farmers were being disloyal to the socialist dream.

Of course it happened in China, where Mao succeeded in starving some 45 million people by trying to manage, by trying to force, by trying to enslave his people.

Kibbe concludes: "Socialism always kills."