Socialist Venezuela Raids Toilet Paper and Diaper Hoarders

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History. No one learns from it.

Venezuela’s Socialist price caps took toilet paper off the market because it was no longer worth producing. So the government organized an emergency import of 50 million rolls of toilet paper. That doesn’t solve the problem. Not unless you nationalize toilet paper production. And once you nationalize toilet paper, you might as well nationalize everything.

Meanwhile Venezuela is falling back on the villains of all Socialist regimes, hoarders and black marketeers.

Police in Venezuela say they have seized nearly 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in an overnight raid of a clandestine warehouse storing scarce goods.

The Thursday announcement on Twitter said that the officers raiding the garage in western Caracas also seized about 400 diapers and 7,000 liters of fruit juice.

Police chief Luis Karabin told Venezuelan news agency AVN that police, acting on a telephone tip, found “merchandise that we know is scarce on the shelves and doesn’t reach the people.”

It obvious reaches the people. It doesn’t however reach the people at the prices mandated by the regime. The existence of a black market in diapers and toilet paper is a sign of just how badly the economy is failing.

  • Skater

    I grew up in then communist Czechoslovakia. We often experienced shortages of toilet paper but still as not often than people in the Soviet Union. We had a joke: In a back street in Moscow Vladimir meets Ivan. Ivan is carrying some really large package under his arm. Vladimir is curious – Hey Ivan, what's in that huge bundle?
    Ivan says: Toilet paper. Vladimir is totally taken aback….Gee, where did you get this much of toilet paper? Where are you coming from?? Ivan answers: Cleaners…

  • UCSPanther

    Let's see the Chavistas, good little commies they are, try to defend Chavez's legacy, especially this…

  • Mary Sue

    Sounds like Cheryl Crow's kinda place!

    • RebeccaJean

      And her brother who suggested washing the square for reuse!

  • Brujo Blanco

    These things happen when government runs everything. I was working in a gas station when Carter was president. A man from our gas supplier came in and told the owner that if he quit car repairs and only pumpe. gas then they would guarantee that he would not run. out of gas. If Venezuela would.butt out of private enterprise then these things would not happen. Sounds like a bunch of leftist crap to me.

  • Pulsar182

    'Venezuela’s Socialist price caps took toilet paper off the market because it was no longer worth producing.'

    what happened? distasteful bodily functions cease?

    • Larry Fresh

      No, it is called a “Capital Strike” – where the Elite Billionaires who claim to “own” 90%+ of the planet, begin to starve those people who express “insolence” to their rule. This is being combined with the ‘paid gang-violence’ tactic used to destabilize many nations the West finds unwilling to give away their natural resources and labor on the cheap.

    • Greg

      That's what 'price controls' do. What happens when something costs more to make than what the gov't allows you to sell it for?

      Think long and hard about that one.

      • Eric Schmidt

        In theory, I agree. I believe in free markets. I also see that when a govt goes down this road, it heads down a road to ‘nationalize’ everything, due to the interconnected nature of market products and services.

        But what we have now in Actual Existence – most acutely in Venezuela and Latin America more generally – are Crony Markets controlled by a few wealthy families. All the “free market analysis” perspective is rendered entirely moot by this reality.

        If you can show the “cost of production” of toilet paper actually exceeds the govt-forced price, that would be helpful, but I doubt those details, of a private corporation, are in the public record – or could be trusted if released (any more than govt ‘figures’ can be trusted).

  • Flowerknife_us

    I thought the Iranian Cultural exchange showed them how to use their vast stockpiles of stones and rocks.

  • Sussex Girl

    While attending college in the mid-1980s, I drove a school van for my daughter's school. One of the students I picked up was a 6th grade girl from a Russian immigrant family. She would tell me jokes about life in Russia under the Communist regime. One of my favorites had to do with the shortages of almost everything in the stores.

    A man walks into a fish store, goes up to the counter, and asks the proprietor, "You don't have any meat, do you?"

    The man sighs and replies, "This is a fish store. I don't have any fish. The man across the street has the butcher shop. HE doesn't have any meat."

  • onecornpone

    The raid to seize such a limited stash of product indicates that the snitch on your neighbor phase of communism is in full play with the Venezuelan proletariat.

    Generalissimo o-Bunghole has made a few forays into activating that sort of behavior among his sycophant base as well. Oh happy days ahead!

  • John