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The Agony of Venezuela–from democracy to tyranny, hunger, sickness, and ruin–and a way back from the catastrophe
The misery and plight of the people of Venezuela in the second decade of the 21st century is virtually beyond belief and unimaginable for most residents of the United States. What is the cause of this misery? It is the belief of a self-selected ruler that he could improve life for most citizens by taking from the rich to give to the poor. To accomplish this he used the institution of political democracy to obtain the sanction of the majority. Once in power he abolished political democracy and established an apparatus of coercion that is crushing the lives of most Venezuelans and bringing ruin to the entire nation. Venezuela is a South American nation of 30 million people living in an area of 352,000 square miles, larger than France or Germany. Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world. Despite its petroleum wealth, since 2014 Venezuela's economy has collapsed. Until recently Venezuela was a prosperous country by Latin America standards. It was governed by a