In this series we will publish weekly cutouts from the book by Kristian Niemietz
The straw men that were once alive
"Compra velitas, no hay luz," a Venezuelan man says to me at the border between Colombia and Venezuela, "Buy candles, there is no electricity". A few days ago, the Venezuelan military started allowing pedestrians to cross the Simon Bolivar bridge after closing the border completely in February.
In Venezuela, not only the main industries have been taken or highly regulated by the State, education has also been the victim of a totalitarian project that aims to manufacture a mass of serfs, while pursuing any individual with critical thinking.
As a Venezuelan and an economist, I believe we economists sometimes need to go beyond economic indicators. We need to speak from our hearts about our experiences. Only by doing this can we truly communicate the social implications of an economic collapse of this magnitude.
I spent a long time deciding whether or not to post this. I don’t expect it will make my friends on the right or the left happy.
In Venezuela, we have been dedicating our lives to restore our nation’s political and economic freedoms.
Despite what some would have you believe, Guaido's assumption of power in Venezuela was not the work of one wizard, operating behind the scenes.
"This story was the result of consulting with several sources that prefer to remain anonymous and not be cited."
Jorge Jraissati had to flee from Venezuela, in an interview with Freedom Today he tells us his incredible experiences and what is really going on in Venezuela. Jorge Jraissati studies Economics and Business Management at the FAU Honors College.