A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electricians

A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electricians, by Anthony Faiola.

This collapsing socialist state is suffering one of the most dramatic outflows of human talent in modern history, with Aquiles Nazoa offering a glimpse into what happens when a nation begins to empty out. Vast gaps in Venezuela’s labor market are causing a breakdown in daily life, and robbing this nation of its future. The exodus is broad and deep — an outflow of doctors, engineers, oil workers, bus drivers and electricians.

And teachers.

So far this year, 48,000 teachers — or 12 percent of all staff at elementary and high schools nationwide — have quit, according to Se Educa, an educational nonprofit group. The vast majority, according to the group, have joined a stampede of Venezuelans leaving the country to escape food lines and empty grocery store shelves. …

“It’s not just about a few doctors leaving anymore,” said Tomas Páez, a migration expert at the Central University of Venezuela. “It’s about [understaffed] hospitals closing down whole floors.” …

Jesus Perez, 20, is one of the students who are just giving up. He was studying to be a computer engineer. But over the past six months, he’s lost 10 pounds from a lack of food. “I can’t wait anymore,” he said. “I have to leave. So far, 15 of my friends from school have left the country since February.”

He’ll go to Peru, a country that two decades ago was far poorer than Venezuela. What will he do?

“I don’t care,” he said. “Be a waiter, clean floors. I can’t ask for much.”

Incredible that, after a century of failed experiments with extreme socialism, some mainstream western opinion makers still advocate it.

In Australia many left wing media personalities and celebrities lauded Chavez and publicly advocated his policies for Australia — including Natasha Stott-Despoja, Phillip Adams, and John Pilger. And the media loved them for it. (See The Suicide of Venezuela.)