Venezuela became socialist with the rise to power of the late President Hugo Chavez.
His successor, Nicolas Maduro, has continued his socialist policies to the detriment of the Venezuelan people.
In Nicaragua, the socialist dictator Daniel Ortega has returned to power. A thorn in the side of President Reagan in the 1980’s, Ortega has come back with a vengeance.
USA Today reported:
“The past year saw the murder of more than 500 protesters, the imprisonment and disappearance of more than 1,200 others, and the flight of more than 50,000 Nicaraguans.”
Ortega’s socialist policies have led Nicaraguans to endure the second highest poverty rate in the Western Hemisphere.
These trends are not confined to Third World nations. Industrial giant Great Britain is facing the threat from the socialist leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn is pushing the Labour Party further Left. The Labour Party moved to the center during the reign of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. However, Corbyn is seeking to revert the Labor Party back to its socialist tradition.
Spain Votes Socialist in Latest Elections
The people of Spain went to the polls to vote for the Socialist Party, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
This is the third time in the past four years that Sanchez’s Socialist Party has won the majority on Election Day.
Sanchez came to power last year by calling for a snap election to oust the former conservative party prime minister.
As prime minister, Sanchez has moved the country further Left. He has raised the minimum wage and has been prone to taking in migrant caravans.
He plans on overhauling the education system, legalizing euthanasia, changing labor regulations, and taking over the national broadcaster RTVE.
He has been viewed as weak on those who seek to secede from Spain in the Catalonian region of the country.
Some believe that he is treating people who were leading a revolt against the country with too much respect.
The BBC reported:
“The ruling separatists in the Catalan parliament declared independence on 27 October (2017). Angered by that, Madrid imposed direct rule by invoking Article 155 of the constitution — a first for Spain. The Spanish government sacked Catalan leaders, dissolved parliament, and called a snap regional election on 21 December 2017, which nationalist parties won.”
Then Sanchez was elected … and he has been soft on the Catalans.
Will Nations Ever Learn from the History of Socialism?
Socialism has failed every time it has been tried.
Yet somehow, it keeps resurfacing around the world. The ideology promises heaven on Earth when, in reality, it produces hell on Earth for those who live under a socialist system.
A worrying trend has taken shape in the United States. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, 55% of respondents age 18-29 held a positive view of socialism. A 2017 poll of millennials showed that millennials would rather live in a socialist society than a capitalist one.
Despite all of its failures, socialism is on the rise again around the world. Spain is just the latest example.