Did you hear about the Venezuelan nationals who got busted trying to smuggle $5 million worth of gold bars into the US through a Fort Lauderdale airport?
The duo had 230 pounds of gold stuffed into the nose of a private Cessna jet. Customs officials discovered a hidden compartment when they noticed some loose rivets on the nose and decided to take a closer look.
José Niño was born in Venezuela and his family has experienced the impacts of socialism first hand. But was it “real socialism?”
On this episode of It’s Your Dime, José and host Mike Maharrey talk about it.
José had the good fortune of leaving Venezuela before it descended into chaos. After reading the tea leaves and realizing that the country was heading down the path of political turmoil, José’s parents brought his family to the US in search of better opportunities.
Venezuela’s economy is in chaos. It’s gotten so bad that a year ago, video game money was worth seven times more than the Venezuelan bolivar. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan people have suffered horrible food shortages. Many people in Venezuela have turned to barter just to survive.
Not so long ago, left-leaning publications in the US were touting Venezuela as a socialist success story. Today, any attempt to point to Venezuela as socialist disaster will be met with the refrain, “That’s not real socialism!”
Apologists for socialism also blame the collapse of the Venezuelan economy on US sanctions. But as Jon Aldekoa explained in an article published on the Mises Wire and UFM Market Trends, actual data reveals it was indeed real socialism that wrecked Venezuela.
We’ve covered the plight of the Venezuelan economy as it has plunged into chaos over the last several years. It’s gotten so bad that a year ago, video game money was worth seven times more than the Venezuelan bolivar. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan people have suffered horrible food shortages. Many people in Venezuela have turned to barter just to survive.
But Venezuela isn’t the only country suffering the effects of socialism. Cubans are currently enduring food shortages of their own as the country’s economy hurtles toward crisis mode.
As we’ve been reporting, central banks around the world are aggressively adding to their gold reserves. During an interview on RT’s Boom Bust, Peter Schiff talked about this move toward gold and said these central banks are preparing for a dollar crisis. The world is looking for an alternative to the dollar and the best alternative is gold.
Venezuelans have turned to illegally mining gold just to survive.
The Pemon people are native to the region containing Canaima National Park. If you saw the movie Up, you’re familiar with this area. The 500 million-year-old pillars of erosion in the park inspired scenery in the movie. The park also contains world-famous Angel Falls. But with hyperinflation gripping the country and the bolivar virtually worthless, people in the area have turned to digging up football-size mines in search of fragments of gold.
Gold is up. Way up.
I’m not talking about in the US. I’m talking about Venezuela. On July 30, an ounce of gold was going for 211 million bolivars. That’s a 3.1 million percent increase from the beginning of the year.
We’ve said before that inflation is good for gold. The hyperinflation in Venezuela demonstrates this truth by offering us a glimpse into the most extreme situation. It teaches another lesson as well.
Gold could save your life.
I was on vacation last week, so there wasn’t any Fun on Friday. But I am back, and I have some really fantastic news for you – especially if you live in Venezuela. And even if you don’t reside in that South American hell-hole, you’ll want to keep reading because the ramifications here are huugggee!
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro fixed the country’s hyperinflation problem.
Last week, we ran an article highlighting the fact that Venezuelans are better off holding video game money than bolivars.
Whenever we publish an article like that criticizing socialism, we always get some people insisting, “That’s not real socialism.” In fact, they emphatically claim that socialism has never really been tried.
But as Ryan McMaken points out in an article published on the Mises Wire, “real socialism” has been tried – more than once. And it’s failed every single time.