They Are Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks In Venezuela

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Security Guard - Public DomainWe are watching what happens when the economy of a developed nation totally implodes.  Just a few years ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest nation in all of South America, and they still have more proven oil reserves than anyone else on the entire planet including Saudi Arabia.  But now people down there are so hungry and so desperate that some of them are actually hunting dogs, cats and pigeons for food.  Just a few days ago, I gave a talk down at Morningside during which I warned that someday we would see armed guards on food trucks in America.  After that talk was done, I went back up to my room and I came across a New York Times article which had been republished by MSN that explained that this exact thing is already happening down in Venezuela…

 

With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.

Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.

Hundreds of people here in the city of Cumaná, home to one of the region’s independence heroes, marched on a supermarket in recent days, screaming for food. They forced open a large metal gate and poured inside. They snatched water, flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, potatoes, anything they could find, leaving behind only broken freezers and overturned shelves.

All over the country, people are standing in extremely long lines day after day hoping to get some food.  Sometimes the food trucks don’t bring anything, and sometimes it is just scraps like fish heads and rotten fruit.  To get a better idea of what life is like in Venezuela right now, just check out this YouTube video

As people down in Venezuela get hungrier and hungrier, extreme desperation is setting in.  And with extreme desperation comes crime and violence

A 4-year-old girl, Britani Lara, was reportedly shot to death Tuesday in the Caracas suburb of Guatire as she stood in line with her mother outside a  government-owned Mercal grocery store.

El Nacional newspaper reported that gangs on motorcycles have fought over the right to control and distribute food at the Guatire store and that the gunfire may have been a result of  that dispute. Eight others were reportedly injured in the incident.

Violence also was reported at a food protest staged in front of a store in the city of Cariaco in central Sucre state, where 21-year-old Luis Fuentes was killed by a gunshot. Eleven others were wounded, according to El Nacional newspaper.

Could you imagine living in a nation where all this is going on?

Most Americans could not even conceive of such a thing.  But of course the truth is that up until just recently most Venezuelans could not either.  In fact, just a couple years ago Venezuela was one of the most prosperous nations in all of South America

Two years ago, Venezuela was a normal functioning nation, relatively speaking of course. It was by no means a free country, but the people still had a standard of living that was higher than most developing nations. Venezuelans could still afford the basic necessities of life, and a few luxuries too.

They could send their children to school and expect them to receive a reasonably good education, and they could go to the hospital and expect to be effectively treated with the same medical standards you’d find in a developed nation. They could go to the grocery store and buy whatever they needed, and basic government services like law enforcement and infrastructure maintenance worked fairly well. The system was far from perfect, but it worked for the most part.

There are all sorts of signs that the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted in the United States is starting to crumble as well.  If you follow End Of The American Dream on a regular basis, you know that I post articles about this theme all the time.  But today I just want to share one tidbit with you.  Reuters is reporting that the number of heroin users in this country has nearly tripled since 2003, and the number of heroin-related deaths is now about five times higher than it was in the year 2000…

A heroin “epidemic” is gripping the United States, where cheap supply has helped push the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths, the United Nations said on Thursday.

According to the U.N.’s World Drug Report 2016, the number of heroin users in the United States reached around one million in 2014, almost three times as many as in 2003. Heroin-related deaths there have increased five-fold since 2000.

“There is really a huge epidemic (of) heroin in the U.S.,” said Angela Me, the chief researcher for the report which was released on Thursday.

Just like Venezuela, our society is rotting too.  As I have warned before, the exact same things that are happening down there right now are coming here too.

It is just a matter of time.

On a side note, I would like to congratulate the British people for voting for independence from the European Union.  As I have been writing this article, the results have been coming in, and at this point it looks like victory is virtually assured for the “Leave” campaign.

I would have voted “Leave” myself if I lived in the United Kingdom, but let there be no doubt about what comes next.  Uncertainty and chaos are going to reign in European financial markets, and we have already seen the biggest one day drop in the history of the British pound.  There is going to be short-term economic and financial pain, but the people of the United Kingdom have done the right thing for their children and their grandchildren, and for that they are to be applauded.

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

  • Tatiana Covington

    Venezuelans! It is time for armed overthrow and forcible destruction of Socialism!

    • James

      More like commodity dependence.
      Just like Texas. Unemployment rates are increasing in that liberal, socialist pigsty known as Texas. Oh wait, Texas is conservative and capitalist yet unemployment and poverty still abound everywhere.

      • jaxon64

        Unemployment rates in Texas rose from 4.3 to 4.4.
        Once someone starts making up BS to try and support his unsupportable notions, then there is no point in even discussing anything with that person. You have nothing to offer in a discussion predicated on intelligent discourse.

      • Tatiana Covington

        Those are the breaks because people are not equal.

  • MaxRockatansky33

    Meanwhile Brexit is now a fact. And this has sended a tsunami of freefalls across global financial markets.

    • Jim Davis

      There will be some short term pain, but long term gain! As there will be when we elect President Trump and end this long nightmare of globalism, illegal invasions, incompetence and SJW insanity.

      • James

        Do you realize that Donald Trump is a globalist that supports globalism? Just look at where his hotels are. Here is a short list
        New York, United States
        Hong Kong, CHINA
        Vancouver, CANADA
        Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

        Donald Trump also supports an increased defense budget

        Donald Trump has no policy experience, I wonder how competent he is.

        Putting an end to SJW = gutting the first amendment. I guess you only support the parts of the constitution you like

        • old geezer

          Just look at where his hotels are? I guess being the world wide business man that you are, you would have built all your hotels in America. That way all those people in the other countries would fly over here to just stay overnight. What an idiotic thing to say.

          • James

            Oxford Dictionary
            Globalize: To develop or be developed so as to make possible international influence or operation:

            That defines Trump’s businesses

    • James

      Geez, I wonder why?

      Maybe because markets don’t like instability and complex geopolitics?

      I think that might be it.
      (sarc)
      SOMEONE PUBLISH MY HYPOTHESIS IN SCIENCE(HIGHLY CITED JOURNAL) AND AWARD ME A NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS (/sarc).

  • Jim Davis

    Hillary would like to bring Venezuela here.

    • James

      Venezuela’s problems were due to a dependence on oil for all of the economy that was later followed by a decrease in oil prices. Exactly what is going on in Texas.

      Do you have evidence that Hillary has stated anything about reversing the diversification of the economy?
      Did Hillary state that she adores Venezuela?
      Did Hillary ever mention her hatred towards markets?
      If so, please provide evidence.

      • TheLulzWarrior

        Yes and the fall of the oil prices is because of a fall of global consumption, because of the economic collapse that michael warned us about… It is slow but starting to get faster…

        • James

          Or reductions in consumption due to increasing efficiency and Goldman Sachs toying with futures

      • jaxon64

        What we need to do is pray for the millions of lives and those poor souls who suffer under the yolk of another corrupt, socialist regime.
        The borgeouis live in gluttony and luxury and the masses eat rotten food, dog scraps and even their own pets. At least they haven’t started exterminations yet as they did in National Socialist Germany, Soviet Socialist Russia, Fidel/Che slaughtering their way from village to village in Cuba or under Chairman Mao. Unfortunately, when the people get desperate enough, the blood will flow. It always ends the same with socialism, you run out of money and resources to support and control the masses, then you just eliminate the problem……….

    • TheLulzWarrior

      No, they don´t have that many muslims.

      • vaccines autism

        What James won’t say is that the U.S. is only 1% Muslim, probably even less from 1980-2005. The report he links to does not even have the word Christian.
        James is an atheist with a vendetta against Christians.

  • Ed

    Big deal brexit. Markets close green today

    • Guest

      Not the stock markets. No way.

    • James

      LOL FAIL

    • Brian

      You must be joking or smoking.The Markets took a Big Time Butt Whipping today, 6-24-2016. The Dow plunged down more than 600 POINTS, OUCH!

  • lilbear68

    socialism in all its glory and the richest person in Venezuela is Chavez daughter

    • iris

      Yes, it sounds so good until the rubber meets the road, and then it’s worse than was the ever the case, before.

    • James

      Socialism is not what failed Venezuela, rather an over dependence on oil and falling commodity prices that were not secured by futures.

      • lilbear68

        well that depends on your view of socialism im sure in some circles at different times N. Korea is a success as was Cambodia during Pol Pots time and the great leap forward of Mao and Cuba under Castro all resounding successes. unfortunately full on socialism has never worked out well for the common man.
        ‘the purpose of socialism is communism’ V. Lenin
        the really ironic part is in the liberal colleges the professors tout the glories of socialism all the while enriching themselves with the result of capitalism and the students are too stupid to recognize the hypocrisy.

        • iris

          Soooo true And how many dissidents were murdered under Pol Pot, Mao, Lenin?, 20+ million just by Lenin, I think.

        • JustSayin’

          Very well stated. I have often told my children that the only reason these silly college kids and professors like Socialism, is because THEY’VE NEVER LIVED IN IT. Idiots. You want Socialism? Move to a country that provides it for you. But no, they won’t do that. Why? Bottom line – because they know they have it good in a Capitalistic society. They’ll never move to a Socialist regime to give up their luxuries. Socialism only works for the uneducated, hypocrites in society.

          • lilbear68

            well lets not get ahead of ourselves here. your makin a leap/mistake that I cant pass on albeit a small one.
            for starters more than a decade ago we left having a capitalist system to what we have now which is a corporate facist system i.e the banksters and big corporations dictate to the govt what will be or not be not the other way around. like the fantasy or campaign finance reform. never gonna happen because the that would vote on this are the same ones that are benefitting from the system the way it is. I dont see congress voting themselves a pay cut or into actual fiscal responsibility.

      • Mick Price

        Except that falling oil prices never caused this sort of crisis before. If it was just a matter of the government having less money (and the government owns the oil industry remember) then some people would lose their jobs and the exchange rate would go down. People would be poor not starving.

        No these problems are DIRECTLY RELATED to government policy, including things like price controls.

  • BREXIT! Congrats to the Brits! No more Brussels!

    • iris

      Ditto!

  • Dan Jones

    Coming to America in a few months…

    Always be a light that is shininginthedark.c

  • James

    Reuters is reporting that the number of heroin users in this country has nearly tripled since 2003, and the number of heroin-related deaths is now about five times higher than it was in the year 2000…

    Ummm, the number of opiod prescriptions (Oxycodone, Methadone, Morphine, etc) has gone up as the population ages and are addicting even as the scripts end.

    Not really a moral failure.

  • TheLulzWarrior

    Don´t forget Brazil, Michael, don´t forget Brazil!

  • James

    Does anyone notice that the first two paragraphs are about the title and then the article just falls into pointless drivel about heroin users and Brexit?

  • Ray S.

    There really is no excuse for them to be in this situation. Their country has such fertile soil that you could grow anything, raise anything, live off the land… but what happened is that they raised a generation of Venezuelans that were born under socialism, born to depend on the governments’ teet for everything. For their paychecks, for their health, and yes for food. All that knowledge of how to live for yourself thrown out the window and no one knows how to plant rice or cut bananas off trees anymore. You reap what you sow…

  • Charles Reece

    Comin’ soon to America!!!

  • James

    You gave me a list of Muslim terror attacks. The data in the article is not aggregated for the amount of terror attacks that were committed by whites or Christians.

    Mind you not; I cited a source from the FBI
    You cited a source from a right wing political website