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In the era of relative market freedom, many of Venezuela's best years were during times of low oil prices. Trying to blame Venezuelan socialism's failure on oil prices only highlights how fragile economies are without markets.
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Oil prices did not cause the Venezuelan crisis. Nor can oil now be its cure.
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The future of Venezuela is grim. International reserves will be depleted, monetary expansion will not pay the deficit, and inflation will continue.
As planned by Chavez, barter is indeed replacing currency transactions throughout the economy but with hardly the results the late socialist envisioned.
Money and Banks
In this 40-minute presentation, Nomi Prins explains the cronyism and secret dealings of central banks.
If a currency can't be converted on demand into the underlying commodity, it's not "backed" by that commodity.
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