Venezuela is going down the rabbit hole…literally. Years of socialist policies under the iron rule of dictators Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro have spawned an existential economic crisis and led to millions of people starving and countless thousands desperate for medical treatment. Supplies of food and medicine are almost non-existent in the formerly well-off South American nation. The average Venezuelan lost 19 pounds last year alone, and that wasn’t due to a Weight Watchers regimen. It was related to a hate-watchers program, one in which criticism of the Marxist government could land one in prison.
This has excited many on the left in the U.S., who are gleefully utilizing these same tactics to mock, chastise, coerce, browbeat, and threaten those who disagree with them, and prevent them from even having a public forum. Oddly enough, they have been remarkably successful, even though they don’t have control of the elected government here. This is because they do have control of the culture.
Things are so bad in Venezuela that current President Nicolas Maduro actually recently introduced a “Rabbit Plan” that encourages his country’s citizens to start eating rabbits rather than keeping them as pets.” This is an entirely new definition of “rabbit food.” Cats and dogs will surely be next on Little Venice’s menu.
You know your leaders have put one over on you when they start begging you to eat your pet rodents. But this is nothing new when one examines the sordid history of command economies. Venezuelans can no longer afford to breed like rabbits. Now, they have to try to find a way to pull a rabbit out of a hat, to save themselves and their nation.
Margaret Thatcher famously said: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
And your own rabbits.