In #Venezuela, Leader Finds #Conspiracies Behind Every Door WSJ.com

“They want war and economic destabilization…the gringos, the empire,” …

In every dictatorship there are always foreign influences conspiring to destabilize the State, the Party, and the People, as Stalin, Hitler, Mao and others always lamented…

In Venezuela, Leader Finds Conspiracies Behind Every Door

BY EZEQUIEL MINAYA AND SARA SCHAEFER MUÑOZ

CARACAS, Venezuela—The government here is engaged in a battle of narratives.
Most economists, for instance, say Venezuela is plagued by shortages of basic goods like cooking oil and toilet paper due to the leftist government’s tight currency and price controls.
President Nicolás Maduro counters that the shortages aren’t due to the laws of economics, but rather a plot by the country’s political opposition, greedy shopkeepers and the U.S. government. In his view, Washington, together with Venezuela’s opposition, plant stories in the media about Venezuela’s shaky economy, causing panic shopping and shortages.
“They want war and economic destabilization…the gringos, the empire,” …

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