Saturday, November 03, 2007

This is what socialism looks like


On Thursday, protesters staged the biggest demonstration against Chavez in months, and appeared to revive Venezuela's languid opposition. Soldiers responded with tear gas canisters, plastic bullets and water cannons to scatter tens of thousands who said the amendments would violate civil liberties and derail democracy.

The pro-government VEA newspaper on Friday predicted an overwhelming victory and urged government supporters to join "a life or death battle in which the present and future of the Venezuelan nation is in play.

See, you can't really protest in a socialist society because the government has already decided what is best for everyone. Protesting that "you" are unhappy with the situation is a sign that you haven't conformed to the idea that individuality, and your personal happiness, takes a back seat to the "common good." Don't make me go all "enemy of the state" and what not, because that brings up such bad memories.