Hugo Chavez pushes "collective property"
On his regular Sunday television show "Hello, President" Hugo Chavez announced he is pushing forward with his plan to seize rural lands he considers "idle." According to AP, he told Venezuelans that
... the government was "advancing quickly" with a concept of "social, or collective, property" to be included in forthcoming constitutional reforms."It's property that belongs to everyone and it's going to benefit everyone," said Chavez, who vowed to undermine capitalism's continued influence in Venezuela.Chavez did not elaborate, but stressed that collective property must benefit workers equally."It cannot be production to generate profits for one person or a small group of people that become rich exploiting peons who end up becoming slaves, living in poverty and misery their entire lives," he said.
One of the lessons of the 20th century is that collectivization is a massive failure that leads to less productivity and more waste. It is ironic that in a matter of days after China takes steps to guarantee private property right in their booming economy, Chavez goes in the opposite direction with his failing economy. If he had no oil, he would be as bad off as Mugabe.
Hat tip: Larwyn