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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #62)

Fri May 31, 2013, 10:19 PM

171. First off: I'm for nationalizing things. Here, elsewhere. Example, our oil industry vs. Norway's.

I pick nationalization everytime, to do things in the best manner. Venezuela nationalized their oil industry, and it must have been a hell of a fight. Why can't do the same for these staples?

I suspect that would require land reform, which has always been the cause of the worst violence when the oligarches are faced with that. Who owns the forests, corn fields, dairy farms, etc. in that country?

If multinational firms were let in by Chavez or others, it was a mistake, but then, I'm not the president of anything. People, large and small, do get killed going up against oligarchs. I think Muir said there is no hunger like that for land. They will fight dirty.

Perhaps another generation will be required to get a more egalitarian society. Until then, Americans and others will keep buying their oil, providing some income, and the people may be able to overcome over time with education to make things work for their country.

I wish them good luck, with no interference from us. Opinion media are not boots on the ground, I'm hoping there will be peace there.

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