This Man Grew Up in Venezuela. Here’s His Message to Americans Who Want Socialism. Via The Daily Signal
Socialism is just a theory, an ethos, for many born and raised in the United States.
But for Ricardo Pita, who was born and raised in socialist Venezuela and came to America about a decade ago, socialism is not just theoretical. He has a message for those who haven’t experienced it and think it will improve their country.
“What we try to tell others, having lived under a socialist regime, is that they sell it as a gamble; it’s a gimmick,” Pita said. “They will tell you this nebulous word of socialism, they promise you the moon, and then it never comes around.”
“It’s not worth the gamble; [socialism] only works for those in charge of implementing it,” Pita said. “There is no more corrosive form to disintegrate the fabric of a nation than socialist policies.”
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While socialism’s popularity is rising among younger generations of Americans, few have actually experienced it as a reality of everyday life.
It was all too real for Pita, a student at the University of Miami School of Law and former Heritage Foundation intern, who grew up in Venezuela and witnessed the beginning of the country’s precipitous decline.
Venezuela has had both success and dysfunction in its recent past. As recently as 2012, a contributor to The New York Times praised Venezuela as a positive, alternative model to the U.S. economic system.
This was the modern-sounding “21st-century socialism” of Nicolas Maduro and his predecessor as president, Hugo Chavez, that enthralled many on the left just a decade ago.
Now the country has descended into tyranny and almost unimaginable misery, though with a glimmer of hope that Juan Guaido, who is recognized by the U.S. and a broad coalition of countries as the rightful leader of Venezuela, can restore some semblance of stability and the rule of law to the stricken country.
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