I have a certain degree of acceptance for some things. However, these last two weeks my ability to be surprised has been superseded. The price increase in everything and the difference between the salaries in Venezuela is something unbelievable. How the people have not started to burn down government buildings is a mystery for me.
This is no political analysis; is a common sense article. If a gang of thugs arrived in your neighborhood and started to charge fees and ration food, electricity, water, and gas, how much time would be necessary for the neighbors be so pissed off to start shooting? Even without guns they would make a huge mess.
But I believe that our gene pool was decimated thoroughly, and our civil wars consumed already the warrior genetics needed to get rid of that coward gang, that shoots in the head a pregnant woman like they did with the wife of the Rebel Pilot, Oscar Perez one year ago.
We need to be aware, even those with the most combative genes, of everything that comes after an economic collapse. Good military can become rogue. Jail gates can be opened, and the worst of the worst can come out, after paying a good fee to some corrupt employee that needs the money to get his family out of the city. Entire supermarkets can start to close their doors and refuse to sell if things get really nasty. The managers and employees will buy whatever is left on the shelves if they can make it safely to the shops.
Inmates have been freed as a control mechanism.
In the last days of the WWII, Hitler´s officers gave the orders to open the gates of jails, gave old, ragged army uniforms and an assault rifle to the inmates, and assigned to the regular troops the immediate execution of any inmate that tried to escape or refuse to fight.
Just for the record, the mafia in Venezuela did not need a war as a excuse. The worst of the inmates roam freely because they are being used as a control mechanism for society. This had been happening for some time, but now the jail in my former city is just a market. The relatives of the inmates can go inside and have access to products at low prices.
If you don´t believe me, just do a little research about what happened to Kellog's. Feel free to contact their CEOs, and ask them for an explanation about the blackmail that the inmates had over this company, and why they left. The criminals got into every aspect of our former structure. In the maintenance of the oil industry facilities, they control who gets signed for work, and who does not. Engineers and technician have to work with thugs that have been in prison.
This is no joke. Union "leaders" support this. Payments in the plant maintenance temporary contracts are very good, and they need this for their vicious lifestyle. The union gets part of the money by putting them to work. Good, skilled and honest men and women are out of the game. This is even sponsored by managers and high-ranking personnel, of course. They know this happens, and they don´t care, plain and simple.
It seems that our culture has become a devotee of those who have been in prison, or should be. It means an automatic respect, when it should be all the contrary. This is just one of the things that is plain wrong with our society. Whenever I started to notice how the military and police started to see with bad eyes to civilians with guns, I knew things were going to get very bad. Especially after seeing in the news, almost one or twice a month some officer of some corp getting killed or shot by their fellows while robbing or kidnapping someone. One of the reasons to keep myself somehow in the shadows is because some members of my own extended family suffered this situation years ago. They could manage to get out of it, though.