Venezuelans will soon need a biometric ID in order to purchase food
Venezuela’s ongoing experiment with Marxist socialism has turned out the same as every other country’s experimentation with Marxist socialism, an utter failure. As if the fact that Venezuela’s productivity and economy have been tanking wasn’t enough evidence that its attempts to create a Marxist utopia have blown up in its face, the country’s shortage of even the most basic goods removes any doubt.
The situation has become so bad for the South American nation that its president, Nicolas Maduro, has announced that all Venezuelan citizens will soon be required to carry a “biometric card” that uses electronic scanners and government databases in order to limit how much food people purchase.
“We will create, as it should be explained, a biometric system in all the distribution systems and commercial locales, public and private,” President Maduro said during a televised broadcast in which he also created several anti-contraband commissions. “This will be like the fingerprint scan we use in our electoral system, a perfect anti-fraud system.”
This isn’t even the first time that the Venezuelan government has, in recent years, resorted to tracking the food purchases of its citizens. Earlier this year, Venezuelan citizens were strongly “encouraged” to voluntarily enroll in a similar biometric program which was to be used in stores that are run by the government. It was claimed that this would be done in an attempt to end shortages of basic essentials and food items. The plan never went through, however.
Read more about the story at The Guardian.