Jul 292016

Wait till the authoritarians get a load of this. It’ll be a favorite to emerge as a Presidential Executive Order…

Venezuela has a new ‘forced labor’ law that can require people to work in fields

Apparently, President Maduro signed a decree allowing the labor ministry to order  “all workers from the public and private sector with enough physical capabilities and technical know-how” into the fields for 60 days, with a possible extension of 60 days beyond that.

This sort of thing is pretty much the natural end result of dogged determination among a collectivist government in the face of reality. A pragmatic Venezuelan government would toss Madura out on his ass and change the constitution to make it a treasonous offense for the government to nationalize businesses or try to control prices.

Note: not a whole lot of data available on this one. Search for it online and all the links so far come back to this news.vice.com story. So… who knows, maybe it’s a hoax. But it sure sounds like the sort of genius policy a Socialist would dream up. And Amnesty International seems to think it’s for real, and they don’t seem to be fans of the idea.

 Posted by at 9:23 pm
  • Bob

    Coming to a field near you in the not too distant future.

    • sferrin

      I wouldn’t have a problem forcing welfare recipients to work for their money. Social Security though? HELL. NO. By all rights that money already belongs to me.

  • publiusr

    That used to be a thing even when times were better–it was called Subbotnik

    Now the idea was that even folks in power were **supposed** to come down and work side by side with the average worker. Maybe not such a bad idea. I’d love to see some folks in DC actually doing work… Fat chance, I know. They have their dachas…

    Now I would say there is an obligation to work. I’ve never not worked. I’ve heard folks talk about drawing their pennies. I don’t understand that. I help neighbors out when I can. All this with folks absorbed in their cell phones–I don’t get it.

    I’ve heard it said that Oswald came home after staying in Russia awhile.
    I knew what he was thinking. An American defector to Russia! He’d be wined and dined–all that.

    Nonsense. Russia was still digging out from WWII–which hurts them to this day.

    The Russians may put too many folks on work detail–but they expect you to actually **work””.
    He didn’t like that, so he came back here to be a real mooch.

    And now, another mooch is out. Reagan’s would be assassin.

    “When he did venture out, there were breaches and deceptions. In 2011, Hinckley repeatedly went to a Barnes & Noble when he was supposed to be at the movies. On one occasion, Secret Service agents watched as he stood before a shelf of books about presidential assassinations, including an account of the moment he severely wounded Reagan and press secretary James Brady. On another visit, Hinckley was back at the same shelf—again, not touching, just looking. An agent said the scene gave him goose bumps.”

    He gets out soon

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  • madoc62

    Three guesses as to which group of Venezuelans gets “invited” to work the fields first. Here’s a hint, it won’t be any of the Maduro supporters…

  • Thucydides_of_Athens

    Yes, march out the parasitical intellectuals into the fields to be re educated. The 1970’s were not that long ago, and the 1930’s are really not that far off either.

    You’d think after the Holodomor and the Killing fields no one in their right mind would ever be in favour of Socialism, but I guess Bernie’s supporters might not realize that there are lots of open fields in Kansas just waiting for them as well…..