Case Study in Collapse Propaganda: Venezuela is Now Rationing Electricity

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Denial might be a river in Venezuela.

For the past year, the government has been trying to sugar coat the economic demise of the country, and they’re continuing the propaganda with the new electricity rationing program that they’ve instituted. If you think it’s because of the socialist government’s financial collapse, you’re being ridiculous. It’s because they care about climate change. Vice President Jorge Arreaza said so.

 “This is, of course, linked to global warming and the excessive industrialization of capitalism, which never stops, nor has ever stopped, for the effects that it can have on the climate, on society and on Mother Earth.”

Of course it is. Only silly paranoid conspiracy theorists would say otherwise.

In case you’ve forgotten, there’s also no food shortage and there’s plenty of freedom, too.

The government of Venezuela passed laws disallowing the storage of food because it’s just silly to do that. The rationing of the food available in the country, using a fingerprint registry is just there to keep people in line with the law. And even though store shelves were virtually bare of basic necessities like toilet paper, laundry soap, and food in January, with long lines of people waiting for the few  items available, it must just be where those folks were shopping.

Repeat after me: THERE ARE NO SHORTAGES.

Now, back to electricity. A report on Breitbart.com said:

The Venezuelan government will begin rationing electrical supplies this week in response to high demand triggered by heat. Public employees will only have to work six hours a day until further notice, and police units will be sent to inspect private businesses to ensure they only use their allotted amounts. Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza blamed the measures on climate change.

Minister of Energy Jesse Chacón added that the limited hours on public sector jobs would not apply to necessary arms of the government, such as education, health, security, and garbage collection. Private industries are obligated to use 10% less energy across the board until further notice, without any exceptions mentioned in the original announcement. The new regulation permits government inspection of businesses specifically to monitor energy use, though the government has not specified what punishments await a business that defies the call.

See? I told you. They just love the planet. That’s all.

Here’s why we need to pay attention to the rationing in Venezuela.

Now, if you’re reading this and thinking that what happens in Venezuela is of no concern to you, I beg you to reconsider. No, the economic situation in a South American socialist country won’t directly cause the US economy to collapse. What it does is provide a modern day glimpse into what an economic collapse really looks like, much like the collapse of Greece was a cautionary tale. These are both direct case studies of what happens to the middle class during an economic collapse.

These mandated power rations, the limited amounts of food, the government-funded snitches, the tracking, and most of all, the propaganda, are all what await us in an economic collapse situation. While the Venezuelan government will be facing no limits on their use of electrical power, the people will only be allowed allotted amounts.

Do you think it can’t happen here?  Consider the forced rationing of water amidst the drought in California. Rationing that only applies to regular folks, not wealthy people or massive corporations.

It’s obvious that the state really is in the midst of an epic drought. But conservation mandates are not applied equally, much like the electricity rationing in Venezuela.

Golf courses for the rich and famous remain lush and green, while wells across the state run dry. Ordinary people aren’t allowed to have lawns or to even have vegetable gardens, and newspapers are calling upon “good Samaritans” to snitch if they feel someone is wasting water. There’s even an app for that, and Smart Meters are in place to target wasters (Unless they happen to be wealthy corporations, of course. They have different rules and snitching on them will do no good.)

One small community, Outingdale, just received word that strict rationing is now in effect. Residents will be allowed only 50 gallons per day, per person, and no outside watering of any kind will be permitted. This is not good news for folks who rely on their vegetable gardens for food. Meanwhile, the Nestle corporation is busy pumping out the state’s remaining water, bottling it, and selling it back to people for an enormous profit.

Anyway, back to electricity.

I’m reminded of the series, The Hunger Games, in which residents of the outlying districts are only allowed power when the Capitol deems they should have it, such as when they want to air propaganda “entertainment” to keep people in line.  In the movie, citizens of the Districts were relegated to cooking over open fires and lighting their rooms with candles.  No one had transportation or power.  They were not allowed to hunt to supplement their meager food allotments and in the heroine’s District, they were not allowed to use the coal the area was rich with.  Uniformed “peacekeepers” patrolled the districts to ensure that the rules were strictly adhered to and that the excruciating poverty was the standard for all residents.

With the widespread installation of mandatory Smart Meters, how difficult would it be to forcibly ration our electricity here?

They can already remotely turn off appliances they deem are using too much energy. At the press of a few keys on a central computer, our electricity usage could be  monitored to make sure we stay within the designated limits, strictly slotted to only certain hours of the day, or even cut off entirely if we exceed our rations. It may not even be direct rationing that cuts us off, as it is in Venezuela. As prices of electricity keep climbing, how extreme is it to think that one of these days, electricity might only be for rich people?

However it goes down you can be sure that no one in the government will admit to mismanagement or a desire to enhance control and dependency. It will be couched in warm, fuzzy terms of saving the planet from carbon emissions, much like the propaganda coming out of Venezuela.  It’s easy for us to see it when it happens to them, but many people here are so deeply entrenched in cognitive dissonance that they’ll swallow the green pill with a smile, moving into their Agenda 21 microhomes and martyring themselves for the good of Team Green.

Self-reliance means survival.

So, what can we do to maintain our independence should our access to affordable necessities be rationed out like they are in Venezuela? Here are 15 ways to increase your self-reliance so that you are less affected if rationing comes to America.

  1. Reduce your dependence on the power grid with rain barrels, gray water systems, line drying, and solar lighting.
  2. Eat simple food you prepare from scratch.
  3. Produce as much of your own food as possible.
  4. Learn to make pantry basics like vinegar, sourdough, and cultured dairy products.
  5. Learn to preserve your harvests to see you through the lean days of winter.
  6. Find other ways to stay warm.  This can be difficult if you rent but it can still be done.  Consider making modifications to allow for the use of portable wood heaters, look into different types of camping heate.  Make your plans and purchase your supplies well before you need them.  Learn how to safely store fuel for these secondary devices. Invest in battery operated C02 monitors (and extra batteries). Get sleeping bags with a warmth rating for low temperatures, consider a small tent where you and family members can sleep in your living room to pool body heat, and stock up on cold weather clothing like hats, fingerless gloves, long underwear and heavy sweaters. Find ways to insulate and separate one main living area off from the rest of the house by closing doors, hanging curtains in doorways, etc. Obviously this isn’t the lifestyle we hope for, but it pays to be ready.
  7. Learn to forage.
  8. Use “old-fashioned” alternatives for disposable things like diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene supplies, paper towels, and the like.
  9. Learn to make cleaning supplies and soaps, especially from accessible supplies (like vinegar, ash, and foraged natural ingredients).
  10. Look for the thrifty answer using things you have on hand, instead of purchasing a solution to every problem.
  11. Fix things that are broken instead of replacing them.
  12. Watch the prices of your utilities.  As the prices begin to rise, more and more people will be unable to pay their bills and eventually their power will be shut off. (Much like the running water in Detroit.) Check your bill each month and as prices increase, use less power.
  13. Learn about natural remedies from accessible sources.
  14. Learn to protect your family and property.
  15. Prep, prep and then prep some more.  The end of the American way of life is upon us.  Stock up on beans, bullets, and band-aids. If you’re new to the idea of prepping, check out some sites like Ready Nutrition, Backdoor SurvivalThe Survival MomSHTFplan, Underground Medic, and Graywolf Survival. The clock is ticking.

It’s only by reducing your need for the things sold in stores and your reliance on services provided by corporations that you can exempt yourself from the chaos, dependency, and desperation that will erupt when an economic collapse situation occurs here.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

(Originally posted at The Organic Prepper)

1 thought on “Case Study in Collapse Propaganda: Venezuela is Now Rationing Electricity”

  1. The problem is that the governments of the world are all about spending excessive amounts of money to make the fly wheel turn, which gives out the money for people to operate.
    Money represents commodities. When governments spend it they are spending a limited resource.
    So you either have rationing or you have inflation, one or the other.
    What Roosevelt did was to attempt to spend their way out of a depression with many different social programs in place.
    What Roosevelt realised was that he had to increase the amount of commodities available to make it work.
    Thus all the programs to help farmers produce food back then.
    Thus offsetting the enormous bankrupted farms going under.
    That was only one of many different ways to produce more commodities so that the flywheel worked instead of increasing the cost of goods in the market place. It did work but only for a little while before inflation became a spiral.
    Part of the problem is 1/10 of 1% or less own all the money in the world. That is not an accurate number by any means.
    It is meant to give a picture of what is going on and has gone on for thousands of years.
    It is called inherited wealth. My employer was one of those. It started with a family newspaper in the 1920s. The man behind it all was a poor school teacher. He married into money. His wedding present was $25,000 way back then. He bought a newspaper and almost went broke. His employees contributed their salaries in return for rent and groceries at the time to keep it going.
    In return he gave those people jobs for as long as they ever wanted a job and a really decent retirement plan. He supported unions in his company as long as he lived.
    When he died his son took over. He kept up what his father started. And they prospered. When I retired they were worth approximately 13 billion dollars with 50 communication related businesses, a cable company and an auto auction company. The son had died, and his two sisters were in charge. Both were socialites. They hired help to get the job done. Gradually the workers meant nothing to them.
    But it was all inherited from the original business owner. They still make money for the 3rd generation who could care less about people.
    They recently laid off workers and sent the work to a subcontractor in India.
    This is often anywhere from a third to a tenth generation companies that have lost sight of where the money came from.
    That company got rid of the unions mostly by buying out the employees that remembered how it used to be.
    The current bunch of managers are a bunch of favorites of the old ladies. One of which I know has died. The other I am not sure of. The ultimate yes men sucking up to the person with the money.
    I have not mentioned any names and I will not. I mention it in passing only because it is a common factor in industry today in America.
    The people that knew the business from the ground up? They are all gone. The business barely survives. The last retail manager that came up from the ranks retired over 15 years ago. We are now stuck with anti-union, over educated college people with no clue as to how the business really runs. And it really shows.
    Those 30 graphic artists were friends of mine and I am biased. But they knew the customers and they knew how to please them. I know that the current bunch have lost millions.
    Government is based on Keynesian Economics. It is a favorite of the business colleges and it is and has been a total failure as an economic model. Mainly because it is based on lies. It is based on spending more than you earn.
    What we all need is to turn government over to competent business managers that use the money wisely.
    That was done years ago in several western cities with a great deal of success.
    If Venezuela wants to get back on their feet they need to get competent business managers to put things together for them.
    The first rule is going to have to be that if you want to eat you have to work.
    My experience with socialism is that it has ruined several really big countries as it was applied. And it was no longer necessary for people to work to eat.
    We also have a burden. That burden started years ago with the military draft taking only the best people they could find and leaving the people in poor health to breed.

    Those same people in poor health, convicts, and any one else not suitable survived while decent young people went off to war and died.
    That was the draft as I knew it. The laws are still on the books though we do not draft people right now.
    As Michael points out we have a huge number of people on welfare of one kind or another.
    We reward people that cannot make over a certain amount of money by giving them all kinds of benefits. Health care being one of them. And we penalize anyone capable of earning a living.
    Until that situation is corrected then we will more than likely follow countries into bankruptcy ourselves.

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