Back to the 19th century with large parts of the population barely eking out a living and a few live in unimaginable wealth. In 1989, when the Iron Curtain fell, I was among the very first to cross over to the other side and see with my own eyes what Socialism does to a country, a people, and a culture. Barely 5 km into Czechoslovakia the smell became repugnant. Strangely, I lived 5 km from the border on the Austrian side and I never noticed it. Everything was a shambles. People looked like ghosts. They were nice but clearly shellshocked. Wanna sample it – go live in Venezuela under conditions for locals for a year. Let’s see how much socialism remains inside you after that.
Fuel shortages in Venezuela have forced locals into stealing crude oil from idle oilfields and attempting to refine it at home to make gasoline