Associated Press portrays Venezuela’s criminals as an ultimate success story of socialism

Venezuelan criminal “El Negrito”

From our Bureau of Surprising Perspectives on Evil

Leave it to Granma Lite (Associated Press) to find this peculiar positive angle on the benefits of Castro-inspired Bolivarian socialism.

Socialism does have something great to offer, you see: Once a country’s economy has collapsed totally, as is the case in Venezuela, criminals are left with nothing to steal, or even with no incentive for killing, especially with costly bullets and firearms.

So, there you have it. Socialism does have its benefits, at least according to the AP.

But, wait….has the Associated Press failed to consider all angles on this story?

Well, maybe…as any Vulcan schoolchild would be able to tell you. Logically, if all food runs out, everyone will be driven into cannibalism eventually, in which case, everyone will turn into a criminal and a murderer.

How’s that for egalitarianism?

Nothing to rob, no one to kill

From Jazz Shaw at Hot Air:

I had to read this Associated Press report a couple of times this morning before finally being convinced that it wasn’t satire. (Well, not intentional satire, anyway.) If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the societal collapse of Venezuela under the yoke of socialism, you know that things down there are bad. I mean really bad. We’re talking no running water or medicine bad. People starving to death in the streets bad. Being beaten to death by government goons bad. So the impact on rank and file citizens has been massive and almost uniformly negative.

But there’s one segment of Venezuelan society that’s also hurting but doesn’t get nearly the same level of media attention or foreign aid. Criminals. That’s right… the Associated Press has done a deep dive into how the troubles in that nation have impacted the lives of criminals, and they interviewed a confessed mass murderer for some perspective.

” The feared street gangster El Negrito sleeps with a pistol under his pillow and says he’s lost track of his murder count. But despite his hardened demeanor, he’s quick to gripe about how Venezuela’s failing economy is cutting into his profits.

Firing a gun has become a luxury. Bullets are expensive at $1 each. And with less cash circulating on the street, he says robberies just don’t pay like they used to.”

The AP finds the silver lining in this dark cloud, pointing out that assaults, robberies, murders, and kidnappings are all on the decline these days. The reason? Most people have almost nothing worth stealing, can’t afford to pay ransoms, and the few Bolivars they manage to squirrel away are so worthless as to make not worth the effort to rob them. And as the “feared street gangster El Negrito” points out, have you seen the price of bullets? It’s getting too expensive to shoot people!

Whole story HERE

Social justice: zero for everyone