If Democratic Socialism Works, Why Doesn’t Venezuela Have Toilet Paper?

John Sexton, Hot Air: Tucker Carlson: If Democratic Socialism works, why doesn’t Venezuela have toilet paper?

Tucker Carlson devoted a segment of his show last night to discussing Democratic Socialism with Professor Cornel West. After outlining some of the policy prescriptions advocated by Democratic Socialists—”state ownership of major industries,” reparations for black Americans, abolishing ICE, etc—Carlson asked Cornel West for an example of where such a program has worked.

“Can you point to an example, an extant example, of it that works? Venezuela seems like an example of Democratic Socialism. Would you say that it is and if so does it work?” Carlson asked.

“No, I don’t think that Democratic Socialism as an ideal has been able to be embodied in a larger social context.”

The interview could have ended there with West admitting that this is an idea that has never worked, except that would be letting West off the hook too easily. Carlson brought the question back around to this point saying, “What happened in Venezuela? They call that Democratic Socialism but they don’t have toilet paper.”

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WNU Editor: This story brings back bad nightmares on the toilet paper that I had to use growing up in the former Soviet Union. Words cannot describe what almost every Soviet citizen had to use .... it is an experience that you have to go through. To put it bluntly. The rolls were small. The paper was coarse. And it was always hard to find. So yes to those who preach the ideals of socialism/communism .... the problem is that you have not perfected the art of making and distributing toilet paper. And don't get me going on hygeine products for women. When I was working abroad I always had multiple requests from the girls in my life to bring back these products .... correction .... demands to bring these products back.

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