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Communists Rally in Support of Venezuela’s Dictatorship around the World

By: PanAm Post Staff - May 12, 2017, 9:45 am
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Spanish communist party PODEMOS will express its support for Venezuela’s dictatorship, its long-time ally. (Twitter)

International Communists rally in support of Venezuela’s dictatorship: The Venezuelan dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro has suspended constitutionally mandated elections, abrogated the legislative powers of Venezuela’s National Assembly, instituted military tribunals for civilian opponents, and jailed leaders of the opposition. And yet leftist parties around the world— and a few corrupt politicos— are banding together in an attempt to garner international support for the regime.

Over the next few days, Communist parties around the world, many of which, like PODEMOS in Spain, now use cleaned-up names suggested by PR firms to hide their true ideology, are organizing rallies in support of their ally and benefactor in Venezuela.

Events will be held in Madrid, Toronto, Mexico and other cities around the world. The common theme is to portray the millions of protesters seeking free and fair elections as “terrorists” whose leaders are simply puppets of “The Empire,” the Chavista code word for the United States.

These 21st Century Communists in their new guise are joined by the Chavista regime’s political cronies, who have either received funding and support from the Venezuelan dictatorship over the last two decades, or can be easily blackmailed by the Venezuelan and Cuban security services.

Thus, one will find pro-Maduro events organized by Peronistas in Argentina, the recipients of large amounts of Venezuelan cash over the years, or the government party of Ecuador.

Recently, the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Valera, was so angered when a group of Venezuelan exiles interrupted a pro-Maduro event in Panama, that he threatened the entire Venezuelan community in Panama with deportation for further protests at events like these. Ironically, it was Panama’s former dictator, Manuel Noriega, who provided the model for Hugo Chavez’s paramilitary thugs used by the regime to cow and repress opponents. Panama’s Batallones de la Dignidad became Chavez’s Colectivos.

Venezuelans believe Varela, who was Panama’s Vice President when the now infamous Odebrecht contracts were awarded, may be subject to blackmail from either Cuba or Venezuela, which would explain his surprising and unwarranted tirade against Venezuelan expats.

It is unlikely that events by these radical groups around the world will sway public opinion. The images coming out of Venezuela, and extensive reporting from the world’s largest and most respected news outlets cannot be undone by a few radicals trying to get into the evening news.

The Venezuelan experience has shown that Communism is not really dead around the world, and that old tactics, long used by these fanatics, are being revived.

It is also worthwhile to remember that these same groups are the leaders in their respective countries when it comes to attacking everything American, free trade, free markets, and liberal democracy.

Trump’s Tough Tariffs on Canadian Lumber Will Hurt US Home Buyers

By: Guest Contributor - May 12, 2017, 9:17 am
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By Douglas French While Trump supporters worry about whether their wall on the southern border will be built, the President has declared war on Canada and its soft wood industry. Canada, as a target, is as soft as its wood. “It’s not like Canada is going to open up the border and let a whole bunch of Central Americans into the United States. So Canada is a pretty safe target,” says Laura Dawson, director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Blame Canada The President has made our neighbors to the north out to be ruthless predators. "People don’t realize Canada’s been very rough on the United States. Everyone thinks of Canada being wonderful and civil. I love Canada. But they’ve outsmarted our politicians for many years, and you people understand that," Trump told a group of farmers. The Commerce Department, led by Wilbur Ross, has announced its intent to hit more than $5 billion worth of softwood lumber imports from Canada with tariffs of up to 24 percent, reports Politico. “Just the prospect of a tariff had helped push up lumber prices sharply after the prior U.S.-Canada deal expired at the end of last year,” reports Investor's Business Daily. Mr. Ross may be a billionaire, but he doesn’t know much about homebuilding, where most imported Canadian wood goes. He told Politico that lumber is a “pretty small percentage” in the total price of a house. I mentioned what Ross said to my homebuilding boss, who replied, “lumber is the highest cost item in building a house other than land.” Read More: Donald Trump Skips Another White House Tradition: Cinco de Mayo  Read More: Cuba’s Castro Defends North Korean Dictator from Trump Pressure In our tiny capitalist corner of the homebuilding universe, Trump’s actions with Canada is now daily conversation as we look to secure lumber bids for 65 houses. The blasé Mr. Ross says “We do not think the price of lumber will go up by anything like the 20 percent, but there may be some small increase in the price of lumber for a house.” The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) figures that “small increase” will be $3,600 per home, supporting Ludwig von Mises’ contention, “The imposition of a duty on the importation of a commodity burdens the consumers.” The NAHB believes that for every $1,000 increase in price, 150,000 consumers are priced out of the market and the proposed tariff will cause 8,241 homebuilding jobs to be lost. Dairy, Too This is not just a fight about lumber. It’s being linked by Ross and Trump to the government protecting Wisconsin’s dairy farmers. “If NAFTA were functioning properly you wouldn’t be having these sorts of very prickly, very unfortunate developments back to back,” Ross said referring to lumber and dairy. “In that sense, it shows that NAFTA has not worked as well as it should.” So swing state Wisconsin dairy farmers will benefit at the expense of builders and homebuyers nationwide. I asked my boss if U.S. lumber was at all price competitive. His simple answer was, “no.” As Murray Rothbard explained, "Tariffs [will] injure the consumers within the ‘protected’ area, who are prevented from purchasing from more efficient competitors at a lower price. They also injure the more efficient foreign firms and the consumers of all areas, who are deprived of the advantages of geographic specialization.” Of course Canada is not without blame, as it places high tariffs on dairy products. "We're also going to stand up for our dairy farmers," Trump said in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "Because in Canada some very unfair things have happened to our dairy farmers and others." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interests," he said after signing an executive order asking “for ways the federal government can boost rural development by reducing regulation,” USA Today reports. That reducing regulation part sounds good. However, imposing tariffs is not a regulation reduction. Consumers on both sides of the border will be losers. “All that a tariff can achieve is to divert production from those locations in which the output per unit of input is higher to locations in which it is lower,” Mises explained. “It does not increase production; it curtails it.” Less production means fewer goods and fewer jobs. Put simply, less prosperity. Douglas French is an Associated Scholar at the Johnson Center at Troy University and adjunct professor at Georgia Military College. He is the author of three books: Early Speculative Bubbles and Increases in the Supply of Money, Walk Away, and The Failure of Common Knowledge. This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

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