Stump the Socialist: Bernie would rather not talk about Venezuela

Stump the Socialist: Bernie would rather not talk about Venezuela, by Ed Morrissey.

“The trouble with socialism,” Margaret Thatcher once famously intoned, “is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

The problem with being a socialist, however, is explaining away the inevitable impoverishment and collapse — and worse — of countries that adopt it.

In a recent interview, Bernie Sanders avoided answering the question: “The socialist model in Venezuela has the country near collapse. Argentina, also Brazil, how do you explain that failure?” Nuh, not going to comment on that.

LEÓN KRAUZE, UNIVISION: So you don’t have an opinion about the crisis in Venezuela?
BERNIE SANDERS, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Of course I have an opinion, but as I said, I’m focused on my campaign.

Er … what? Sanders has proudly proclaimed his socialism for his entire adult life. … That is his campaign. Shouldn’t Sanders have to explain how a political and economic system that has impoverished countries everywhere it’s been tried will somehow magically work in the US?

Morrissey recalls how a socialist friend of his went quiet when the USSR chucked in the towel:

I worked with an avowed socialist at the end of the 1980s who lectured us repeatedly on the coming Utopia, citing all of the successes of the Soviet Union … right up until it collapsed. “They had the wrong people running it,” was the only comment we could get through Lowell’s gritted teeth when we asked him to explain it. Suddenly, Lowell seemed much less interested in discussing socialist utopias.