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Richard Rider: Antonio Banderas, nationalizing the film industry and the Venezuelan toilet paper shortage

Richard Rider via LP Nevada facebook:

Actor Antonio Banderas, worth (reportedly) $45 million, wants the U.S. to adopt socialism A LA Venezuela. Right on, Antonio!!!

And the FIRST industry to be nationalized should be Hollywood. With 90% actor unemployment, it’s the perfect starting point for Hugo Chavez-style socialism.

The movie character roles should be rotated among the actors, regardless of skills, looks, name recognition, effort, or “fitting the role.” Pay should be the same for all, regardless of box office draw or results. “Equal pay for equal work.” Movies that make a profit (if any) should have such greedy earnings confiscated to support the loser films.

Of course, we’re also going to need a new national draft system — a nationwide level of mandatory movie attendance (to movies picked by our central planners) by the public. Each citizen would be issued a draft card — dutifully attending movies at government-set prices — all as dictated from on high.

Everybody wins! The circle of (socialist) life is complete.

Antonio Banderas Calls For Socialist Takeover: ‘Nationalize Private Businesses Like Chavez Did’

Rider further comments:

I post such gems on over a dozen Facebook group sites. This item generated a fair amount of interest — with several folks suggesting Antonio move to his beloved Venezuela. Good thought!

I suspect the Venezuela Film Propaganda Bureau will pay for his ticket. One way. He’d be a welcome “useful idiot” in the communist takeover of that country.

BTW, a word of advice for dear Antonio. Take a lifetime supply of toilet paper with you when you go. Venezuela has a government-caused SEVERE toilet paper shortage — has for months.

How I Single-handedly Solved “The Great Toilet Paper Shortage” — a Lesson for Venezuela

MANY years ago as a junior Navy Supply Officer aboard a ship deployed in the Pacific, I dealt with “the great toilet paper shortage.” The deck officer (an old salt with not the slightest grasp of economics or human nature) unilaterally decided that the ship was using too much toilet paper. Utilizing the wisdom of central planning, he established a toilet paper QUOTA system — toilet paper rolls would be distributed to each ship’s department on a per-person basis in the amount HE deemed to be sufficient.

The inevitable result? Sailors — officers and enlisted — immediately began hoarding toilet paper. No longer was there toilet paper in the stalls. People kept extra rolls locked up with their other valuables.

People were MAD, but not sure who to be mad at. Punishment was discussed at the command level for the hoarders.

I TRIED to explain how quotas lead to hoarding to the pugnacious old salt, but he was too bull-headed to relent from his edict. Finally (as Supply Officer) I put CASES of toilet paper rolls out on the deck, and made a public announcement that, henceforth anyone could get ANY amount from our storekeepers — I broke the monopoly and the blockade.

There was an initial scramble, but then people quickly realized that there was no longer any reason to hoard toilet paper. The problem essentially disappeared that afternoon, and toilet paper was again available where needed (in the stalls!). I daresay the rolls of toilet paper used didn’t change appreciably.

Yes, the Venezuela toilet paper shortage is a bit more complicated, but it’s based on the same flawed central planning hubris that is rapidly destroying this very wealthy but rigidly socialist country.

Venezuela orders temporary takeover of toilet paper factory

Reuters – Fri, 20 Sep, 2013

Supermarket staff work next to partially empty shelves of toilet paper in Caracas …

CARACAS (Reuters) – A Venezuelan state agency on Friday ordered the temporary takeover of a factory that produces toilet paper in what it called an effort to ensure consistent supplies after embarrassing shortages earlier this year.

Critics of President Nicolas Maduro say the nagging shortages of products ranging from bathroom tissue to milk are a sign his socialist government’s rigid price and currency controls are failing. They have also used the situation to poke fun at his administration on social media networks.

A national agency called Sundecop, which enforces price controls, said in a statement it would occupy one of the factories belonging to paper producer Manpa for 15 days, adding that National Guard troops would “safeguard” the facility.

“The action in the producer of toilet paper, sanitary napkins and disposable diapers responds to the state’s obligation to ensure a steady supply of basic goods for the people,” Sundecop said, adding it had observed “the violation of the right” to access such products.

Calls to the Manpa factory went unanswered.


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  1. paulie paulie November 28, 2013

    Or maybe an unfunded mandate to buy really crappy phones for outrageous prices? Oh, wait that’s Romney…I mean Obama.

  2. paulie paulie November 27, 2013

    His views have always been libertarian. But it is a fact that he has been a LP activist for many years regardless of whether he is anymore or not so I think it is fine to post either way.

  3. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt November 27, 2013

    His Facebook page now says that his political views are Libertarian. Yay! I’ll be posting some of his material in the future.

  4. paulie paulie November 27, 2013

    Pretty pathetic for a country that is pretty wealthy from its petroleum exports.

  5. Angelia D. Potts Angelia D. Potts November 27, 2013

    The government this week announced it also would import 760,000 tonnes of food in addition to the 50m rolls of toilet paper.

  6. paulie paulie November 25, 2013

    I’m not sure if he still is or not, but he definitely was.

  7. Andy Andy November 25, 2013

    “Jill Pyeatt November 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm
    I love Richard Rider, and have often wanted to post his articles, but I haven’t found the third-party link. Is he Libertarian, or is it because it was posted on the LP FB page?”

    Richard Rider is a Libertarian Party member from San Diego, CA, so doesn’t this make it have some relevance to this site, or would he have to be running for office to make it relevant?

  8. Thane Eichenauer Thane Eichenauer November 25, 2013

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Madur (and member of the United Socialist party) did NOT say (though I am sure he thought it), “The price of toilet paper is TOO DAMN HIGH!” [Now I am sure the post is covering third party news.]

  9. paulie paulie November 25, 2013

    The Toilet Paper Party will wipe away and flush all establishment politicians and the mess they have made…it’s not only a party, but an essential part of a whole movement.

  10. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt November 25, 2013

    Oh no, Thane, you might be starting something–

  11. paulie paulie November 25, 2013

    During the declining days of TPW when we were kicking around potential names for a replacement site some of the ideas suggested included…

    Third Potty Watch
    Third Potty Wash
    Turd Party Watch
    Turd Party Wash
    Turd Potty Watch
    Turd Potty Wash…

  12. Thane Eichenauer Thane Eichenauer November 25, 2013

    I heard that a friend of a friend was advocating for running for Arizona Superintendent of Schools as a candidate of the Toilet Paper paper if his local grocery store ever ran out of toilet paper.

    Is that enough of a third party connection to qualify for coverage? If not I say it is time for

  13. paulie paulie November 25, 2013

    Might be a Ron Paul Republican now or one of those people who goes back and forth….

  14. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt November 25, 2013

    I checked once and he was registered Republican. I’ll ask him though, because we’ve become friendly through Facebook.

  15. paulie paulie November 25, 2013

    I’m not sure if he is still LP, you may want to ask him. I know he used to be very active with the party years ago, and he was still attending LP meetings as of a couple of years ago, but there has been some shaking out with the LP in the San Diego area so I don’t know if he was one of the folks who left. In any case the facebok posts provide CYA if we need some.

  16. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt November 25, 2013

    I love Richard Rider, and have often wanted to post his articles, but I haven’t found the third-party link. Is he Libertarian, or is it because it was posted on the LP FB page?

    Don’t get me wrong, Paulie, this is a great article, and Richard contributes great stuff. I’m just wondering if we can only post him if he’s on an FB page or news source.

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