Venezuela - Inner 'demons' battle Inner 'demons'!

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The Wall Street Journal says “Crisis Deepens in Venezuela after Maduro Backers Storm Congress”. Are the ‘inner’ demons revealing themselves? We need to think about our ‘inner’ self/being!


Mr. Maduro says he will cling to power by any means necessary. His words “we will never give up, and what can not be done by votes, we will do with weapons”. Is this the mindset of a leader who can bring peace to Venezuela? I don’t think so! This mindset will lead to more challenges, more conflict, and more violence. The mindset of clinging to power so that one’s views can be imposed on the many (the people) will eventually lead to catastrophe. Is this a mindset which will develop over in Hamburg also? The G-20 meets tomorrow and Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, and my sense is that the issues will get contentious.


On Friday, June 7, Mr. Trump meets with Mr. Putin over very contentious issues which might also lead to conflict. The Russian economy is now under serious sanctions and America (our Congress) is mostly responsible for this condition. Blaming Putin and Russia for the 2016 election of Trump is another no-win attitude which can not improve our relationship with a Nation such as Russia. Sanctions and the issue of North Korea will be discussed over in Hamburg and I don’t think anything will get resolved. Putin will not back down (this is natural) and Trump’s mindset will likely create greater mental dysfunction within the dialogue.


Today, the bigger issue is WHO will rule the planet. Will America (under Trump) continue to rule with their Might makes Right philosophy Or will opponents arise who will challenge America’s Empire of hubris and control? My sense is that the core issues revolve around the spiritual concept called ‘demons battling counter-demons’. Human nature involves two faces. These faces are ‘inner’ and difficult to discern. But it is obvious, to me, that our battle on this planet is a battle of the ‘inner’ forces which determine a person’s outer persona.


Serious conflict and issues of difference bring out the inner demons within any/all leaders. We can witness this over in Venezuela today as their economy crashes and their political system becomes dysfunctional. Those in power and control will NOT give up their power and control. Those who demand change will not give up their demands for change. This leads to serious conflict, fighting, and eventually WAR. There can be no alternative given the nature of our current corrupted SYSTEM. Human leaders are similar to any individual which battles their ‘inner’ demons. The outcome is no-win for the people!


We live on a planet where select power elites RULE this planet. America is currently the biggest BULLY on our planet. America has developed a military which is second to none. We now have some 800 military bases around our planet to help us maintain our power, control, and EMPIRE. A country like Russia and China (given human nature) will desire a similar outcome for their hubris to survive. This is bound to lead to conflict over global hegemony and global political policy and philosophy. American thinks that their view of democracy for everyone must be imposed. This, to me, is a NO-WIN philosophy and a foolish political strategy!


Let’s learn from the situation over in Venezuela as human nature is similar all around our planet. The mindset of Maduro is a LOSE/LOSE mindset IMO. Will the mindset of TRUMP and PUTIN also lead to a LOSE/LOSE outcome? Watch what happens over in Hamburg, Germany this weekend. My sense is that NOTHING will get solved or resolved. North Korea is confronting the planet’s bully (America) and this can not lead to peace given the mindset of our leaders. That is my perception and hopefully I will be proven WRONG! Time will reveal what is reality and what is fantasy! Enjoy! I am:


Some additional images for your consideration:

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When an economy collapses the survival of the system becomes the issue!

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This poor soul has metal knuckles (right hand) to inflict damage upon his opponents!

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The people sense that the system has collapsed or is near collapse! Survival demands action!

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The Venezuelan military is what allows a corrupt government system to prevail in times of collapse!

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The Venezuelan leader, Mr. Maduro, has no awareness that HE is the problem! Blame the people is his mantra!

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Russia and China agree that America is the problem! North Korea views America as the planet’s bully!

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Whose ‘inner’ demons will prevail at their meeting in Hamburg, June 7?

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Two egos backed up with military power! Where does this lead going forward?

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Will America’s hubris (and military superiority) lead us to act on this emotion?

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Who will back down so as to save humanity destruction via a nuclear bomb?

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Kim Jong-un must envision America as a BIG bully which it must challenge! Is this his mindset?

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Kim and his trinity of military men who are determined to challenge America’s hegemony over planet Earth!

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Has the Donald given our military leaders the option to act on their instincts? This could be dangerous going forward!

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America’s military is second to none when it comes to its ability to destroy! But can an ‘ideology’ be destroyed?

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North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea…..

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America’s naval power could destroy North Korea and millions of its citizens and then what? Would this solve the issue?

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Russia has weapons to maintain their hegemony over their territory!

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Putin’s military power is sufficient to challenge any aggression by America and her military power! So can Might make Right work?

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The Hamburg G-20 meeting is unlikely to solve any of our planet’s serious Geo-political issues! Why? Who rules this planet?


Bill Kamps Added Jul 6, 2017 - 5:01pm
Venezuela is a sad case, and completely self inflicted.  It is a textbook case of what happens with a socialist, or communist economy runs amuck. Every time things get worse, the government doubles down on blaming what little private enterprise still survives. 
There will be no happy ending there, and the amazing thing is that people have tolerated the empty shelves as long as they have.  After all, this is not 1950s Russia, where the people didnt know better, these people all know better, they know the are better possibilities, and they know the government is responsible.
Dino Manalis Added Jul 6, 2017 - 5:04pm
Maduro has become an authoritarian, like Erdogan in Turkey, Venezuela needs free elections and a change of leadership to stop the suffering!  Trump and Tillerson should intensify pressure and call for free elections to save Venezuela!
Donald Swenson Added Jul 6, 2017 - 5:49pm
Yes, without some serious input from the people, Maduro is impotent. But power is addictive. So don't expect any meaningful progress. Human nature does not change easily. D
John G Added Jul 6, 2017 - 6:06pm
Kamps. Venezuela is a sad case, and completely self inflicted.
Apart from the economic warfare, the CIA dirty tricks, the ubiquitous and continual destabilisation policies of the US and their sponsorship of the right wing opposition and the comprador class' dirty tricks. The coup in 2002.
Yeah, apart from those, completely self inflicted.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 7, 2017 - 1:21am
I will watch the situation in Venezuela as my sense is that it will continue to deteriorate. Those in Power will use whatever means necessary to maintain their Power. At some point, however, Mr. Maduro will meet his destiny (death). His mindset is anathema to progress for the people. Eventually, the people win. D
John G Added Jul 7, 2017 - 1:59am
Mr. Maduro will meet his destiny (death).
Wow. How very christian of you.
You probably wished the same for Hugo Chavez.
Bill Kamps Added Jul 7, 2017 - 7:05am
John G, if you are a fan of Chavez, then yea I see your point.
I thought only the Russians meddled in elections? LOL.
John G Added Jul 7, 2017 - 4:20pm
Bill Kamps, can you ever address a post in a logical manner? Your blather above makes no sense.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 7, 2017 - 6:13pm
John: I do not wish the death of anyone. My sense is that a person in power (like Maduro) has many enemies who would like him dead. This was my message. Personally, I would like Maduro to step down from POWER and become a mere citizen of the country. D
John G Added Jul 7, 2017 - 6:18pm
To be replaced by one of your right wing brethren no doubt. Maduro isn't the problem. Uncle Sam is.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 7, 2017 - 6:27pm
Yes, America is part of the problem. We are not buying enough oil from Venezuela. But I don't think our policies will change the political situation for the people. The SYSTEM is collapsing in Venezuela. Maduro does not seem to recognize this. D
John G Added Jul 7, 2017 - 6:34pm
It's a rerun of Allende's Chile. Kissinger told the CIA etc 'make the economy scream" and they did.
They're doing the same to Venezuela. They're not even hiding it.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 7, 2017 - 6:37pm
The next few months should reveal how well Maduro deals with the problems. My sense is that he will use his military to stem the tide of violence. The problems, however, will not get solved. The economy is dead and the system is totally corrupt. D
John G Added Jul 7, 2017 - 6:42pm
Oh that's right. It's all socialism's fault eh? It's all so easy to explain for a right wing ideologue.
Venezuela was no paradise before Chavez and the Bolivarians did make great strides.
It isn't so cut and dried as you'd have us believe.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 7, 2017 - 7:35pm
All I can express, John is my point-of-view. What you ascribe to me (right wing ideologue) is your label which says basically nothing. I don't label you. You have your point-of-view. This is your perspective on issues. I have mine. There is no need to label me a right wing ideologue. I have no idea what that means. D
John G Added Jul 7, 2017 - 11:22pm
If you can't back up your perspectives with some facts then you are an ideologue with no substance.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 8, 2017 - 12:42am
So you are the determiner of my view of the facts??? What are facts, John, in you opinion? 
John G Added Jul 8, 2017 - 1:43am
The fact is that there is a lot of context and a much bigger, more complex story than you are prepared to entertain.
Your 'socialism is to blame' meme is just dumb and ignorant. 
I don't think you want to learn or to get at the truth. I think you, like Romey are too invested in your doom is nigh ideology to entertain any information that would change your mind.
I think you are ill.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 8, 2017 - 1:31pm
Since I am I'll, why don't you act as my doctor. Write some missives which give us all the correct view of reality. Go for it, John. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 8, 2017 - 5:28pm
Venezuela is just another victim of resources which the US wants to secure for themselves. Same story as the Middle East. The last will be Russia. And no one can stop them apparently...finally all "governments" of the world will be US a...lickers.
John G Added Jul 8, 2017 - 5:43pm
The United States supported the brutal Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua for over 40 years. The Nicaraguan people, led by the Sandinistas, overthrew this regime in 1979, a breathtaking popular revolution.
The Sandinistas weren't perfect. They possessed their fair share of arrogance and their political philosophy contained a number of contradictory elements. But they were intelligent, rational and civilised. They set out to establish a stable, decent, pluralistic society. The death penalty was abolished. Hundreds of thousands of poverty-stricken peasants were brought back from the dead. Over 100,000 families were given title to land. Two thousand schools were built. A quite remarkable literacy campaign reduced illiteracy in the country to less than one seventh. Free education was established and a free health service. Infant mortality was reduced by a third. Polio was eradicated.
The United States denounced these achievements as Marxist/Leninist subversion. In the view of the US government, a dangerous example was being set. If Nicaragua was allowed to establish basic norms of social and economic justice, if it was allowed to raise the standards of health care and education and achieve social unity and national self respect, neighbouring countries would ask the same questions and do the same things. There was of course at the time fierce resistance to the status quo in El Salvador.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:12pm
Some info on Nicaragua as of late 2016: , Nicaragua remains the second poorest nation in the Western hemisphere with a per capita gross domestic product of $1,337 and its external debt ratio nearly twice the gross national product. Unemployment is pervasive. More than half of the adult urban population scrapes by in the informal sector (selling water at the roadside, for example), and population growth will likely keep it that way. High demand for jobs means employers can essentially ignore the minimum-wage requirement, especially in the countryside, where agricultural laborers typically earn as little as $1 a day. Nearly 600,000 people face severe malnutrition.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:14pm
Some additional info on Nicaragua: For years, Nicaragua has been one of the most highly indebted nations of the world. When Somoza fled the country, he took the capital reserves of the banks with him, leaving behind $1.6 billion of debt. The Sandinistas, through a combination of gross economic mismanagement, extensive borrowing (primarily from Eastern bloc nations), the U.S. economic embargo, and high defense expenditures augmented the national debt by a factor of 10, nearly half of which was in arrears. By 1994, Nicaragua had the highest ratio of debt to GDP in the world, a challenge every successive administration has had to deal with. Germany, Russia, and Mexico were the first nations to forgive Nicaraguan debt entirely.
John G Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:17pm
Thanks, Uncle Sam.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 8, 2017 - 8:18pm
The Nicaraguan situation is mostly dire: Nicaragua’s economy is based almost entirely on agricultural export of primary material, plus recently, tourism and several nontraditional exports like sesame, onions, melons, and fruit. Export earnings are currently $381 million. Their main trade partners include the United States, other Central American countries, Venezuela, and the European Union.
John G Added Jul 8, 2017 - 9:51pm
In 1973  Richard Nixon had already rejected the suggestion of his advisors to enact a new Milton Friedman neoliberal “economic structural adjustments” program on the people of America. Instead, Nixon allowed Friedman to take his University of Chicago School of Economics theories down to Chile and see if how they worked out down there.  We overthrew and killed the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende on Sept. 11th 1973 because he stood in the way of several U.S. corporations down there.  Latin America became a laboratory of sorts where these neoliberal economists could try out their “shock therapy” economic theories on entire nations in order to work out the kinks.  The “Shock Doctrine” was created and it would be used time and again in nations all over the world to force them to enact cruel economic policies that harmed the vast majority of people while enriching a few businessmen and the dictators who would oversee their implementation.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 8, 2017 - 11:02pm
I did hear some talk on your history above. Where did you get this history from? It may have some validity. Your link does not work. Can you make it active? D
John G Added Jul 8, 2017 - 11:27pm
You can't cut and paste a url?
Donald Swenson Added Jul 9, 2017 - 12:21am
I did cut and paste. What is your message? Are you desiring Socialism for our country? D
John G Added Jul 9, 2017 - 12:32am
You're not worth the electrons. You are a rude, ignorant, hypocritical, old fool. 
Unlike you, I don't wish to decide for other people who or what should govern them. 
The arrogance of Americans of your ilk is beyond belief. You have no concept of democracy or political economics. Yet you sit in judgement of mankind and think you have the power of life and death over black and brown people everywhere.
Disgusting know nothing hypocrite.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 9, 2017 - 12:39am
Your language reveals your character, John. Where did you learn all your deep/dark language? Words like: rude, ignorant, hypocritical, fool, disgusting, etc. Have I called used these types of words to describe your character? If I have, let me know so I can eliminate these types of words when corresponding with you. I can use a better selection, I hope! D
John G Added Jul 9, 2017 - 12:41am
Donald Swenson Added Jul 9, 2017 - 12:57am
Give me the big picture of your philosophy, John. Maybe we can find some agreements. D
John G Added Jul 9, 2017 - 1:38am
You are an utter hypocrite. How dare you make demands of me when you have ignored every single question I've asked and skated over every piece of factual evidence proving what a fraud you are.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 9, 2017 - 7:56am
Whenever a country wants to go its own way the US says NO. Jelzin's Russia was a pleasing fact to them - Ukraine too so far, but the problem is that people like Putin or Chavez figured the agenda and were (or are) fighting it. 
Saint George Added Jul 13, 2017 - 10:23pm
You probably wished the same for Hugo Chavez
Any person of ordinary good will wished Hugo Chavez an untimely demise, since the destruction of Venezuela began with him and his idiotic policies. Good riddance, Hugo.
John G Added Jul 14, 2017 - 12:17am
The Bolivarians oversaw massive improvements in the Venezuelan economy and society.
You don't know what you're talking about. 
Saint George Added Jul 14, 2017 - 5:00am
The Bolivarians oversaw massive improvements in the Venezuelan economy and society.
I've never heard of the Bolivarians, just the Bolivians. You should spend less time contemplating your bellybutton and spend more time doing some substantive reading. Even the other socialists on this site are embarrassed for you.
Venezuela is experiencing famine right now thanks to state-imposed price controls on food. And instead of abolishing policies that do nothing but cause shortages, what does Maduro do? He increases minimum wage. (Yeah, that'll make food less scarce. Good one.)
Maduro is almost as stupid as a typical American Democrat. In fact, he could probably run for office in a progressive state that's currently on the brink of collapse — Illinois, for example — and win.
Donald Swenson Added Jul 14, 2017 - 2:24pm
I fully agree, Saint George. Maduro is the key problem over in Venezuela. His leadership is corrupt and his mindset is towards dictatorship of the people. With the economy crashing, I don't think he will give up power. He will use his military (if necessary) to maintain control and power. We need to watch this country for signs of what may happen all over our planet in future years. D