Poison to the human soul subsidy

from thereifixedit.com

Here is a short article on Hugo Chavez’s socialist car to free Venezuelans from the “yoke of capitalism.”

The factory was opened with great fanfare by the president three years ago. It is a joint venture between Iran and Venezuela, which Mr Chávez predicts will turn his country into a car exporter. It is also intended to be an example of socialist production principles, although its workers see things a little differently.

In December they downed tools over the company’s refusal to negotiate a collective contract. Their wages, even at the grossly overvalued official exchange rate, are worth around $25 a day. They complained of poor safety conditions and exploitative work practices. Their supposedly socialist employer refuses to recognise trade unions and has ignored the labour ministry’s order to reinstate sacked union activists.

Venirauto’s cars are rehashes of clapped-out 1980s models from the imperialist West. The Turpial, a five-door hatchback, is based on the Ford Festiva, while the Centauro saloon is a clone of the Peugeot 405, though both are fitted with a conversion kit allowing them to run on natural gas. Their capitalist-busting claims are based on price: they undercut rival models by around 50%. If you can get one, that is.

The plant has a production capacity of 25,000 vehicles a year, but is struggling (even by official admission) to produce 10,000. There is no dealer network, and no credit facilities are offered—unless Mr Chávez personally orders a batch of cars for some favoured group of public employees.

When not praising the Turpial and the Centauro, Mr Chávez has been known to rail against the whole concept of car ownership. “The urge to get a car,” he told students on one occasion, “is poison to the human soul”. With that, he got into his limousine and rode off.

11 Responses to “Poison to the human soul subsidy”

  1. Carpe Jugulum Says:

    Welcome to the socialist utopia, where the feckless can be rewarded the same as the productive.

    Where the entreprenure is shunned and the indolent is rewarded for their lazyness.

    The collective doesn’t work, mainly because the guy who works harder and has ideas is given the same as the worst slacker.

    Think chavez=o’bambi=Krudd, have you ever noticed what these guys have in common…….none of them have ever had real jobs where you have to be a productive member of society, assshats one and all.

    Note: I’m saving myself for a good rant come the weekend.

  2. eggz Says:

    “they undercut rival models by around 50% …”

    … and increase the road toll by 100%?

    Are they colloquially known as a Chavy Crematorium/Turpitude?

    • eggz Says:

      Advanced safety features include: electric horn and power-assisted drum brakes …

      The next-gen hybrid model will have extra ponies – not horsepower, actual ponies.

    • Col. Milquetoast Says:

      … and increase the road toll by 100%?

      and/or a tax on competitors to subsidize it and when the local competitors can’t compete buy their assets on the cheap and increase the tax on imports. Or price controls setting the cost of raw materials higher than the mandated selling price of the finished goods. With just the right balance of taxes and subsidies he can make things “correct” whether the people want it or not.

      The hybrid electric would include a pony and a cattle prod.

    • eggz Says:

      … and increase the road (deaths tally)* by 100%?

      *Known as the ‘National Road (Deaths) Toll’ in Oz

  3. lucanas Says:


    I’m here in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Conference. Today, in addition to lunch with scientists.

    • Col. Milquetoast Says:

      Al Gore says : “all of this talk about emails, FOI requests, and fudged data is only distracting us from the real issues that must be addressed before it is too late. Therefore instead of making people buy a book I’m just going to tell everyone how to deal with climate change. I won’t pretend it will be easy or won’t have costs. The solution to climate change is to buy and wear special “climate change” clothes – wear lighter clothes when it is hot and thicker, heavier, warmer clothes or even layers of clothes when it is cold. Now, we can get back to the real global threat : MANBEARPIG!”

  4. Angus Dei Says:

    “The Turpial, a five-door hatchback, is based on the Ford Festiva…”

    OK, that’s hilarious. Chavez and Ahamadinejad are conspiring to resurrect one of the flimsiest econo-boxes of all time. This is the best car they can steal from, “The Great Satan”?

    Jesus Hector Fulgencio de Maria Rodriguez.

    • Carpe Jugulum Says:

      They couldn’t find the plans for a Trabant apparently.

    • eggz Says:

      My thoughts exactly – the Chavy is the Trabi of the noughties …

    • bingbing Says:

      G’day. Back.

      I’m pretty sure the Ford Festiva, speaking of being flimsy, is actually a Kia Rio. Makes more sense.

      Anyway, screw Chavez and all the other socialist fucks who cheered him at Copenhagen. Trash our system then demand our cash?


      BTW, anyone else relived, yet in no way surprised, it’s pretty much a given there’ll be NO DEAL done at that gabfest?

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