Trouble In Socialist Paradise: Maduro Rating Plummets As Shoppers Prepare To Be Fingerprinted

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has run out of other people's money. Just 8 months after his exuberant 60% approval rating at the end of last year after local elections (appealing to the ever-more-impoverished ultra-poor who remain entirely dependent on his 'fairness'), the socialist leader's popularity has plunged. As Bloomberg reports, Hinterlaces polling shows only a 39% approval rating (oddly similar to President Obama's). There are numerous reasons of course, but we suspect the news that Maduro has announced a mandatory grocery fingerprinting system to combat food shortages, will not exactly endear him to his 'followers'.


Hope and Change, it appears, fades after socialists win elections...

Maduro Approval Rating Falls to 39% in Venezuela: Hinterlaces


The President’s rating has fallen from abt 60% after Dec. 8 local elections, director of Hinterlaces polling company, Oscar Schemel, comments by phone.

But this is even better... (via AP)

Venezuelans soon may need to have their fingerprints scanned before they can buy bread.


President Nicolas Maduro has announced a mandatory grocery fingerprinting system to combat food shortages.


He said late Wednesday the program will stop people from buying too much of a single item, but did not say when it would take effect.


The move was met with skepticism. Critics say the new system is tantamount to rationing and constitutes a breach of privacy.


The socialist South American country has been grappling with shortages of basics like cooking oil and flour for more than a year. The administration blames the shortages on companies speculating and people smuggling subsidized staples out of the country.


In the spring, Venezuela tried a similar system in government-run supermarkets on a voluntary basis.

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Coming to an American grocer near you soon...?

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LetThemEatRand's picture

"It appears Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has run out of other people's money."

Famous quote from Margaret Thatcher, who gave middle class money to bankers, MIC and other oligarchs.  Sad that this meme lives on as an ode to capitalism versus socialism, without mention of fascism.  VZ was a victim of -- among other things -- the IMF.  The fascist police state mechanism of control.

chumbawamba's picture

This looks more like a test bed for fancy new slave technology the NWO plans to roll out across the globe over the next few years.

I am Chumbawamba.

InjectTheVenom's picture

boy , good thing this kinda stuff could never happen here ! USA ! USA !

CrazyCooter's picture




JackT's picture

Out of money? Yet he can spin up a fingerprint scanning system with the associated hardware?

knukles's picture

Why not just go to war?
Krugman would be happy, patriotic fervor runs high, politicians ratings increase, rationing is understandable for the state's efforts...
I mean this is dipshit JV stuff

Oh Hi, Mr K.  Sure, just do the imprint for me.  Oh, you're good.  Here's your 1/2 condom for the week.  Look at that Mr K!  It says "I love big brother" right on the side!  Lucky you.  Not many people get them that nice.  Have a nice day. 


whotookmyalias's picture

The most vicious of all crimes commited against us are the ones we open the front door for and invite in.

tickhound's picture

Not replying to you just taking the space...

Tyler-algos reaching with these socialist paradise titles and shit. AS IF fingerprinting to ID for WHATEvER the fuck in some derivative of the same debt money system is dependent on being a socialist paradise.

Yeah ok Tylers... Fingerprinting, eye scan, body imaging are coming only to a socialist utopia near you. Could never happen here in rick perry and tea party trilateral government commission of free enterprisers.

I'm tired of this shit... I expect more. Someone needs to say it.

Davalicious's picture

Nicolas Maduro is a Jew. Of course the country is descending into chaos. The next step is to send back the IMF to force the government to wring out every last shekel from taxation and anything that can be nationalised.

How dumb is Venezuela? The Jews poison their last leader so they elect a Jew. That is like hiring a fox to guard the chicken coop.

Everyone should read Henry Ford "The International Jew", still valid (and scary), watch Professor Kevin MacDonald's vids on youtube, and read "The nameless war" by Captain Ramsay. The Jews are moving on to their end game.

RichardParker's picture

Henry Ford was a real paragon of virtue if you can over look the fact that he was a Nazi sympathizer who knocked up his secretary and forced his chauffer to claim he was the father. as well as had his son, Edsel murdered.

giggler321's picture

I'm disabled and have no hands how can I buy my carrot?  what else do they accept 4 bio-print?

StandardDeviant's picture

Please go crawl back under your rock, and take your links with you.  Surely the 20th century taught us what loathsome views like these can lead to.

pazmaker's picture

Wow it only took nine post to turn another thread into "The Jews"   Some people are really obsessed with this tribe.

Tall Tom's picture

I'm tired of this shit... I expect more. Someone needs to say it.


So you expect MOAR as if you deserve MOAR?


Somehow you feel entitled to MOAR?


You rudely jump in to make certain that you have position because YOUR POST is so damned important...somehow.


Then you make that type of demand?


So...How much do you pay for this service the Tyler's provide?


Perhaps you need to contribute MOAR rather than freeload from their work. Or...STOP WHINING LIKE A ENTITLED little SOCIALIST BITCH.


This is one helluva lot better than most anything the mainstream media has to publish.


Instead of moaning like a fucking whore who was not paid maybe you ought to express some appreciation for what you get.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"Instead of moaning like a fucking whore who was not paid maybe you ought to express some appreciation for what you get."

Is your real name Tyrone Tom?  And do you drive an old Lincoln and enjoy hats?

tickhound's picture

Who says I don't appreciate every opportunity to expose those who unequivocally settle for mediocrity just cuz the source.?. Take your better than mainstream sell side and shove it up your ass.

You just want me to sound like you. Otherwise I'm just freeloading or whining and under appreciating. I get it and fuck you Jobu.

Memedada's picture

Call me a socialist (actually, I don’t see it as an insult), but I expect more all the time. No, I demand more.

More truth, more nuances, more facts, more insights and a lot more informed debate. I can see, that I’m not going to look in your direction for any of the above.

Liberty2012's picture


We are socialist. Look around. We took that fork in the road.

But we don't have to stay on that road.

Urban Redneck's picture

It's surprisingly easy and inexpensive to deploy the infrastructure for digital biometric money, but it is very time-consuming, which Venezuela would not appear to be able to afford.

Ghana has far less money (and oil) than Venezuela and a raging case of ebola across the border, but they have managed to deploy the infrastructure for nationwide digital biometric money.

However, in terms of wider adaption and penetration, I've seen people proudly hanging their biometric chip & pin digital money cards (way more sophisticated than the USSA banking system) on the walls of their little hovels as a status symbol, while they bury the paper banknotes they don't use everyday in the yard, so practical full scale implementation is still a long way off.

El Vaquero's picture


This looks more like a test bed for fancy new slave technology the NWO plans to roll out across the globe over the next few years.

The more self sufficient you are, the less relevant the fuckheads trying to control everything will be to you.

Perfecthedge's picture

As always, good comment El Vaquero.

If this is introduced worldwide it is time to take my Glock 27 as a payment method with me.  People should move out of Venezuela, move to the mountains or overthrow the Government. 

Fuckers are getting bolder by the day!

eddiebe's picture

" VZ was a victim of -- among other things -- the IMF."

That was my first thought too. Venezuela is getting squeezed by the 'great Satan' for not dancing to his tune.

LetThemEatRand's picture

There are a lot of moving parts, but the IMF is a very big part of it.  Blaming "socialism" without further analysis is just click bait, and frankly dishonest.

Freddie's picture

I knew some middle class people from Venez when Chavez first took over.  He was not a positive for the country.  He wiped out the middle class like Obama is doing along with the dual citizens oligarchs who own Obama.

LetThemEatRand's picture

So we should disregard the role of the IMF as explained by Perkins because you knew a couple of guys and blame the figurehead exclusively?

Freddie's picture

Are you talking about Perkins aka Confessions of an Economic Hit Man?  The guy is a hero. Getting back to Venez - pre-Chavez it was better. 

The problem is any country that has natural resources or anything the elites/oligraches can steal - they will and destroy a society to get it.  Norway is one exceptions though the left is flooding the country with Muslims and Africans.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Ironically for this article, Norway has done well because they socialized the natural resources under the land and did not allow the oligarchs to make off with the loot.

Urban Redneck's picture

Norway didn't really "socialize" natural resources and it's not their ownership of resources that has facilitated their socialism. Every statist State seeks a monopoly on natural resource ownership (which in Norway is facilitated by the hybrid civil/common law/customary legal framework), and a division of profits based on their successful monetization. There a ton of private (oligarch) energy companies operating and profiting in Norway. The reason Norway has managed to endure, is because they SAVE MORE and BORROW LESS (independence from the ECB also helps), and then with their "socialized" savings they have INVESTED in, and built their branch of the capitalist/corpratist NWO.

Memedada's picture

What middle class? There was no middle class to wipe out - only a tiny (very rich) elite and the rest.

Memedada's picture

Zerohedge is a fantastic site when it comes to analysis and news regarding the financial sector and its cronies. But when it comes to the discussion or news regarding ideologies and political systems both the contributors and the commentators (the majority of the Zerohedge-crowd) seems indoctrinated by the mainstream propaganda. There’s no – or very little – insight into the history of ideologies, the paradigms and the interests behind.

The most telling experience I’ve had with this is, when I in a former comment described myself as a leftwing anarchist. Almost all the replies I got was like: “Leftwing anarchist? That’s impossible! Libertarianism – that’s the way!”. Says a lot (about the ignorance that’s sadly dominant in these regards).

Urban Redneck's picture

MOAR poli-sci degrees!
MOAR student debt!
That's up there with allowing Krugmans to spawn and propagate dismaller science ...

( +1, but don't tell anyone)

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

meme, your self declared expertise on political systems, you of course realize Mao's comments make politics only a tool for left wing hanger ons, guns veto it all, of course if your leftist are in power that's good. right?..your dead, but nobody here can smell the corruption

Memedada's picture

To be leftwing is not a religion - I don't have to follow or agree with Mao, Stalin or any other.

You have no right to 'make up' my opinions. I've never proclaimed myself an expert of anything (apart from my own life).

But I agree with Mao on this point. Violence/war/force 'veto it all' - that's why will see a lot of it soon. I just hope people will gather and fight for something good...

Memedada's picture

The point being that libertarianism IS IN ITS ORIGIN (and for most of the worlds population familiar with the term still is) an extreme LEFTWING ideology. Socialism (as understood by most on this site = a totalitarian state with total control of the economy) is by far the only leftwing solution offered.

Liberty2012's picture

Left wing and Rightwing are not good words.

There is one really good rule for people to live well together:

Respect each person individually.

Don't shove, push, rob or kill them. Listen to them.

Libertarians (except for the radical anarchists) do that better than most.

Memedada's picture

I agree. But I'm not sure what constitutes 'a radical anarchist'?

Duude's picture

Venezuela was a victim of intentionally dumbing down the population.  If you investigate US primary and secondary schools you'll find we're chasing the Venezuelan dream.

Liberty2012's picture


"VZ was a victim of -- among other things -- the IMF. The fascist police state mechanism of control."

And how is the government behaving in the same manner as the IMF supposed to change things?

Respect every person individually.

Manthong's picture

Nah, we will do iris scans.

knukles's picture

And if the camps are full the scan's laser will just burn right trough your head.

Mommy, mommy!  Look.  Mr K's head is smoking!
Oh silly!  You know Mr K is always stoned
No mommy!  His head is on fire!  I can see right through it! 
Alfred!  Get your fingers out of his brains.  You don't know where they've been.

ThroxxOfVron's picture

Maybe IF Venezuela stopped subsidizing certain products then people would not hoard them to sell outside of the country and shortages would end?


pashley1411's picture

Grasshoper, politicians subsidize products because the puppet-master tells them what to do.    Look at who profits from the subsidy, and the secrets of the universe will be revealed to you.

CrazyCooter's picture

A while back, someone posted a VERY interesting comment about arbitrage in VZ. While s/he gave examples of medical insurance claim arbitrage (gaming the official exchange rate vs the black market exchange rate), just consider this:

Now, do you REALLY think that folks in VZ don't buy the cheapest gas in the world, ship it over the border where its worth an order of magnitude more (plus), and then pocket the spread, then you are a fool. In fact, the elites probably have this business locked down and defend it through their military and police ties. Sort of like the drug trade in the US, albeit the other way round.

The economy in VZ is propped up by a great deal of state interference and it will eventually return to some semblance of reality. This is just the elites trying to perpetuate the status quo; something that might be familiar to US citizens.



youngman's picture

Its more like at the docks..where the goods come to the country..the police or army take their share and the rest gets filtered doen to the shop keeper....its very corrupt now...Socialism is all about who is in control..and its usually the one with the guns...

Richard Chesler's picture

Approval ratings are highly overrated when you have all the guns.


Duude's picture

Would be funnier if guns weren't so readily available in Venezuela. In Venezuela, even the prison inmates have machine guns.

cornedmutton's picture

Venezula is about to enter outer orbit in 3...2...

Buster Cherry's picture

How many loaves of bread  an I get for some of Obama's fingers?

chumbawamba's picture

You mean how many will you owe?