We see a great happening in the Ukraine and Venezuela right now. Revolts to leadership the people believe to be endangering their way of life are massive right now. And in the wake of this event the world is talking of these people and their push for freedom and liberty.
But are they revolts for liberty, against oppressive government, or really just against useless government?
I find it enjoyable, two allies of Putin are being taken out to the shed.
Chavez’s regime is under massive assault, and Viktor Yanukovych has a warrant out for his arrest.
Yet, I think we’re looking at these events and at times forget they happened in Egypt and Libya to so-so outcomes, and the problem with them is similar. For all the good that’s happening in removing these puppet dictators the people in turn fight for “democracy”, which screams volumes about these so-called protests for freedom.
As Jethro Mullen and Dana Ford tell us in their Up to Speed piece:
“The unrest began November, when Yanukovych turned his back on trade talks with the European Union. Instead, Russia offered to lend money to Ukraine in a deal worth billions of dollars and lower the gas prices it charges.”
The people greatly support the EU over having ties with Russia, and rightly so. They don’t have the greatest history with Russia. So they want democracy in the EU! Fair enough. Especially, with Russia proving it has no problem with taking things as it did in Georgia.
But what I hear is “Yanukovych isn’t enslaving us to the right people!” and that’s all. They don’t want Ukrainian independence from global authorities and real free trade. The opposition party this movement is happening under is the Batkivshchyna. Though I applaud their pro-Ukraine first stance, they are text book European National Socialists. Their platform wants social reforms such as to:
“provide improved social welfare services… plans include obligatory medical insurance, free state medical services for those in need, affordable medication,…”
“EU membership will be a significant socio-economic benefit”
You know? European socialism. In the end, the people of Ukraine are just calling for subservience of their preference, especially to the EU, and the World Trade Organization.
In Venezuela the quick snapshot of the angst can be summed up by Catherine Shoichet:
“The situation doesn’t look pretty. Inflation topped 56% last year. Crime rates are high. Goods shortages have left store shelves bare.”
So economic restraints, fraudulent prices through price controls, unaccessible food and roving gangs (you know… Communism) are the reason for the outrage. Yet, I still only hear “We aren’t being given well enough!” The imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez; head of the Voluntad Popular or Popular Will, is also a big catalyst.
He’s quoted as saying at one point:
“Popular Will was born from the conviction that all Venezuelan are equal on rights. (…) Let it not be the color that decides who gets access to public service, health and education”
The party was born out of the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Unidad) that was formed to oppose Hugo Chavez. I have little faith in “public service, health and education” being left to private organizations and personal activity with this party. This is far from liberty motives.
Included in Unidad in Venezuela is Primero Justicia. Their ideology is Liberalism, Economic Liberalism, and Progressivism. Two of those are bad things, as liberalism rarely means the same thing as libertarianism any more, and progressivism is simply Marxism. Economic liberalism sounds pro-free market, but the prior two negate this possibility, or will lead to a Singaporean style socialism.
Couple that, with language like this in Primero Justicia’s want for a Venezuela from their translated about section:
“where the people can assert their rights through progress, social justice and equity.”
It ends in buzz words for global socialism making this groups goals very suspect.
Because Primero Justicia was started by students, claims economic liberalism and waves the yellow and black flag (usually related to Anarcho-Capitalism), it maybe fooling people around the world in the liberty movement, especially youth groups for liberty.
To me appears they are not revolts for liberty, as liberty needs no master. They are not revolts against oppressive government, because government funded/required social aids aren’t suggestions, they’re forced requirements.
It appears they’re just revolts against useless government that needy, wanting people feel isn’t doing enough for, or getting enough to them.
Expecting government to do, aid, or even encourage these things in the first place, is the problem.
No liberty, no freedom.