With much of the country on the verge of starvation and billions of dollars at stake, food trafficking has become one of the biggest businesses in Venezuela, the AP found. And from generals to foot soldiers, the military is at the heart of the graft, according to documents and interviews with more than 60 officials, business owners and workers, including five former generals.
As a result, food is not reaching those who most need it.
This story has occurred before elsewhere. Those with might control the right – access to basic necessities, food, water, shelter. It even happened here during Hurricane Katrina (well covered on this blog). It can happen here, again.
This is not a “leftist” issue. It is an issue of corruption. Read the article.
Food “trafficking” in the United States remains dismal. There’s only been 5 orders for all of December. Nobody is preparing for food shortages, storms, droughts, disaster. That’s just the way it is.
Americans have to be alert for corruption too. Our corruption is institutionalized here. Lobbyist buy off Congress, (s)Elections and legislation all of the time. Most people don’t care, but are swift to point out “leftist corruption” in other countries. Our corruption is simply better embedded in both the political and corporate process. It’s well established.
Companies which desire to do business in America will easily buy off county commissioners, State employees and private contractors to obtain the results that they want (favorable approval, permits and licenses and tax incentives). Happens all the time here, every single day. They rarely get caught or prosecuted. Few people care. Even fewer do anything about it.
It’s too easy to blame Venezuela for corrupt politics, or “socialism” or some other reason. Corruption is everywhere and getting worse. I’ve seen it up close and personal in every city and town I’ve lived in. Some Sheriff’s cover up murder, rape, blackmail and theft because they enjoy their authority and position, paying back favors. I’ve seen it. Influential businesses can obtain sweetheart “deals” giving them favorable status and privileges not offered to anyone else. I’ve seen that too.
America is no different then any other country when it comes to corruption. It’s just “nicer” about it, hiding what it can and legislating the rest (legalized theft). Things are pretty shitty in Venezuela right now, but things are pretty shitty in America too.