In a three-hour speech to the assembly, Mr Maduro called it a “matter of life or death” for the country’s socialist revolution.“If corruption keeps expanding and perpetuating its destructive capitalist logic, there will be no socialism here,” he said.Mr Maduro vowed to root out corruption in all aspects of Venezuelan life, stressing that even members of the governing Unified Socialist Party would not be exempt from scrutiny.
Problem solved. Next time there is a shortage of some vital commodity—like, say toilet paper—Maduro can issue a decree. Then he can issue another. And another. And so on. With enough decrees, the toilet paper shortage, at any rate, will be a thing of the past. We’re not sure it will work as well for cooking oil and rice, unfortunately, but dynamic socialists like Maduro and his comrades should be able to think of something.