The Socialism Diet (Episode 16)

the socialism diet

Those innovative Venezuelans have done it! They’ve discovered the secret to fast, PERMANENT weight loss! Their secret? No food! It’s helped the average citizen of the South American nation lose an average of 19 pounds.

Actually, this really isn’t funny. Venezuelans are so desperate for food, they’re eating their pets, as well as hunting anteaters and rats… literally anything that has any kind of nutritional value. It’s not exactly the Utopian socialist paradise they were promised when Hugo Chavez took power, and now they’re enjoying the wonders of what’s being called “The Maduro Diet” (named after Chavez’s successor, Nicolas Maduro).

But really, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s not as if this is the first example of citizens of a socialist country lacking in basic necessities.

At least the Soviets had breadlines. Venezuelans are basically out of options. And none of the mainstream news outlets are covering this horrific humanitarian crisis. Why? Because Chavez and his socialist government were celebrated when they were ushered in by an enthusiastic progressive class that was just waiting to show the world how socialism should be properly done.

Welp… Not so much.

Today’s episode is two-fold: We discuss the tragedy going on currently in Venezuela, and why it’s not exactly an outlier when it comes to the great socialist experiment that’s been going on for the past 100 years. Then we talk about how you can experience similar weight loss without the government oppression.

Links related to this episode:

Venezuela’s economic crisis is so dire that most people have lost an average of 19 pounds

What Socialism Looks Like: A 1980s Soviet Grocery Store

The Socialism Diet: How to Lose Up to 19lbs Through Involuntary Fasting


– Pat and Jon

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