Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Why The Left Wants Us Disarmed

As Liliana picks lice from the tangled, thick hair of her boyfriend, Patricio, while they sit together on the sidewalk of a Caracas street, she’s also multi-tasking, keeping a watchful eye on her “family.” When a 10-year-old girl named Danianyeliz kneels down to drink water from a puddle, Liliana reproaches her, urging her to have a sip from a juice bottle they’ve just found in a garbage bag.
At 16, Liliana has become the mother figure for a gang of Venezuelan children and young adults called the Chacao, named after the neighborhood they’ve claimed as their territory. The 15 members, ranging in age from 10 to 23, work together to survive vicious fights for “quality” garbage in crumbling, shortage-plagued Venezuela. Their weapons are knives and sticks and machetes. The prize? Garbage that contains food good enough to eat.
See how wonderfully socialism motivates planning and cooperation?

1 comment:

Miguel GFZ said...

Chacao used to be a middle class neighborhood mostly populated by Spanish immigrants. My Catholic school was there till we moved in the mid 70s to a new location. Almost all my reading books of my childhood were bought in a bookstore in Chacao. I have nothing but fond memories of the area.