Hollywood superstar Jim Carrey made headlines last weekend when he declared that Democrats needs to “say yes to socialism” and stop apologizing for their increasingly progressive agenda.
“We have to say yes to socialism, to the word and everything. We have to stop apologizing,” Carrey insisted.
Now, a Venezuelan journalist, who has experienced first-hand the corrupt dangers of socialism, is hitting back with a reality check.
What did the journalist say?
Writing in an open letter published in Runrunes, Venezuelan columnist Laureano Márquez eloquently explains that socialism in the root cause of Venezuela’s current crisis – one that started as an idea, but manifested itself much differently than leaders promised.
“I admire you very much, but sometimes it seems that the inability of Hollywood stars to understand politics is directly proportional to their scenic talent. [Ronald] Reagan was always an actor of very little talent, thank God,” Márquez began. “I read that…you said: ‘We have to say yes to socialism, to the word ‘socialism’ and to everything.’ Perhaps for you, as for all humanity, the word ‘socialism’ sounds beautiful.”
Indeed, Márquez even acknowledged that in theory many define socialism as “the antithesis of selfishness, synonym of concern for others…support for the weakest and their needs, of seeking health and education for all.”
However, with the exception of semi-socialist republics like Canada, Márquez said the realities of socialism pale in comparison to the idea of it.
“[In] Venezuela, what we find is just that our regime is not – for God’s sake – the antithesis of selfishness,” he explained. “In Venezuela, dear Jim, from what I have just told you, there is no equitable distribution of wealth; wealth is concentrated, as rarely before in our history, in very few hands.”
Socialism’s grim reality is so bad, Márquez explained, that his society’s most vulnerable people groups are at “God’s mercy,” fleeing the country in search of food, medicine, and other basic necessities to survive.
“In Venezuela, we’ve seized hatred for the word ‘socialism,’ it represents oppression against a people, the destruction of a flourishing nation, and the despair of its citizens,” Márquez wrote.