tisdag 20 november 2007

'Och jorden skälvde' i verkligheten - igen

Som tidigare nämnt verkar Johan Norbergs serie om Atlas Shrugged i verkligheten ligga på is, men annars hade nog rapporteringen om Venezuela nämnts där. Utdrag ur The Guardian:

Welcome to Venezuela, a booming economy with a difference. Food shortages are plaguing the country at the same time that oil revenues are driving a spending splurge on imported luxury goods, prompting criticism of President Hugo Chávez's socialist policies.

When supplies do arrive long queues form instantly. Purchases are rationed and hands are stamped to prevent cheating. The sight of a milk truck reportedly prompted a near-riot last week.

Government price controls on staple foods are so low that producers cannot make a profit, they say, and farms and businesses hesitate to invest in crops or machinery, or stockpile inventories, for fear of expropriations.

The government says that shortages are exaggerated by the media and that they reflect greater spending power by the poor thanks to social programmes which have directed oil revenues into the slums.

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