Cue Venezuela’s Ration Cards

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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12 Responses to Cue Venezuela’s Ration Cards

  1. Doug Copper says:

    I worked in Puerto La Cruz and Pinto Fijo through the 1990’s for PDVSA. It’ was unsafe then, but nothing like is become now. Most of my fellow workers (engineers) are now in Canada, The U.S. and Spain. The Middle Class. They had to leave or they would have go to prison (or shot)
    Democratic Socialism’ or what you call (communism) is just a reason to take from the poor (make them poorer) and enrich the leaders.
    I am worried about the (millennium generation). They do not understand if human nature (do many computer games I guess) if you (government for example) allow somebody to decide everything – ownership, food preparation and distribution. (ala Stalin) You will end up like Venezuela. Somebody always charge and lets poor get poorer.

    Maybe get them read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Ann Rand.

    Doug Cooper


    • Rand and Solzhenitsyn are good options. Reading In The First Circle myself right now


      • Doug Copper says:

        I read them all all over the years. People have think and analyze in detail what the ramifications of they and the other ones around them do . There are no ways to our lives. Excuse me, but I my exposures to Venezuela and lot other 3rd world countries (and a lot other “civilized” counties) – there are no paradise. You have work “productively”. I look at life through a 2nd law of thermodynamics standpoint. You got to work and the most you get of things is minor fraction of you put in – in is entropy – it is a fact of universe we exist it. Much of our conflicts (personal and political) our are based are greed, jealously or entitlement issues. In Venezuela (or in many other parts of world) we have three at work. And the poor has got pay price. And most are not aware of it.


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  3. H.Augusto Pietri says:

    To understand whath happens in Venezuela now, better is read Franz Kafka “The process” today Is a demencial, insane, ilogical situation .


    • Doug Copper says:

      Yes. and “Happy Days” by Beckett is apt describe to describe Maduro. Let’s hope he and other Venezuela’s leaders meet same end. I think with gags in place too..

      Doug Cooper


  4. Manuel Rizo says:

    This is what we Venezuelans have wanted to prevent from happening in Venezuela, because Venezuelans of the poor class did not want to understand that this regime is seeking to establish a communism in Venezuela, they tried to do it when the late Chavez was ruling and the People did not allow it and was incorporating it little by little, but the people always rejected it, but he was not as rough as this mature who wants to implant it by force and Venezuelans will not allow it so we have to shed blood but the Venezuelans We will not let this happen in our beloved land, these communists believe that in Venezuela they can come and kidnap the rights of all Venezuelans, they can only have the right of their militants who are already running low on them because every day the population realizes That this is not what they do not want to have been wrong all this time because they believed that the government would keep them for life and now the regime wants to take over the whole nation including them all equally PSUV or Democrats.
    This card is no more than a mirror of what the Cuban people have experienced with the food restrictions they have had for decades for Fidel Castro’s communism in that Caribbean island, because in this way they have the people put at their disposal because Otherwise they would punish them by not selling food to the population.
    To any person who can spread this message in social networks please be sure that the Venezuelan people will be grateful to you all the life for helping us internationally with other countries that are democratic because in Venezuela those who want to implant is Communism failed in Cuba.


  5. Jake says:

    (Looking over my shoulder)
    Please God do not let the stupid end up in America.


  6. Prole Center says:

    What about the liberty, or freedom in other words, to have some food? Freedom is an abstract concept without identifying exactly what freedoms you’re talking about, and for whom?


  7. Prole Center says:

    When you anger the US, the global godfather, he tries to overthrow your government to make it more friendly for US investors.


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