John Oliver discusses the devastating economic crisis in Venezuela and enlists the help of a large bird who bears a striking resemblance to Wilmer Valderrama.
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I don't know much about Venezuela in particular, but you can't automatically operate under the assumption that leaders care about their people. Corrupt leaders aren't really stupid but rather evil. "Venezuela is basically a dictatorship now." Yeah, that's the point. Maduro is still in power, and from his selfish perspective that's a success. Resources don't generally lead to leaders caring much about their people unless it's a very stable democracy.
Except we have. We can use tax revenue, which may not have to be adjusted all that much if we could do better with where our money goes (we're set to spend more than the next 7 countries combined on our military, and a lot of that money goes to waste (e.g. we spend $1280 _per mug_ for metal coffee mugs that consistently break))
+AA610 I have a question out of curiosity. Socialists/communists (like Bernie Sanders) like to promise all these free pie in the sky liberal social programs, but they never argue how they pay for it. Do you know why that is?
There are aspects of it that work well (look at Scandinavia), but I won't try to pretend it's failsafe and foolproof (as seen here, bad oversight turned things into a complete mess). That said, if your biggest objection to any kind of social program is "But look at Venezuela", you need better arguments.
Chavez is the only reason I immigrated to the USA 18 years ago, Chavez started destroying the country in the first hour in office
Chavez took everything from the rich people and give it to the poor, Chavez just to say that been rich was a bad thing
Oliver is one of the most ignorant idiot in television today , Maduro only continues Chavez way of running the country
Leftist communists destroy Venezuela!!!
+Edduin Casanova Thanks for the reply. :)
The main reasons for me to want to live in the US are the capitalism and the american culture. Just like you said, being able to work hard and get what you want in no time. Here in Brazil people are starting to see that the capitalism is not the bad guy. Everyone flees to the Us, a country with no paid vacation, no 30 day vacation (like here), no 13 payment (in december), but still you grow and accomplish your goals much faster than in socialism.
Like we say in here, Hugs!
Rafael Galindo , hello, I love this country, I have three kids and a beautiful wife, capitalism is amazing, if you work hard you can make a nice living , I know is not perfect but it is a bless land , the constitution is the most amazing document any country can have, I think the constitution is the only thing that keep America free for the past 200 years
I took an oath to solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic
We need to keep the leftist liberals away from the government and that it’s hard because media is against Trump every day all day long , I’m not agree 100% with Trump but the guy have the lowest unemployment rate in the past 30 years, the economic is breaking records every day, there is less people in government assistance, today there is more jobs than people to fill the positions, it is incredible good to be here today, I know Trump is no a humble and perfect man but he is the perfect man for America at this moment
The most important thing is that God is in control, God gives and take away kingdoms.
How do you feel about living in the US now that things are changing? I mean, being honest, I am brazilian (recently we got a new president) and I aways wanted to live in the US (going to study and then becoming a citzen).
Sadly, my family has been talking to me, telling me to think twice before I go, saying that the US is not the same from 10 years ago. I am not a fan of Trump (although I am a right wing voter) but I think that if socialism takes control of the US things will go Venezuela way in a few decades, while here in Brazil our economy is starting to grow again, major companies investing in the country, etc.
What are your thoughts?
Regarding the re-denomination of the Bolivar; theoretically it could have worked. The idea is it gives the government a leg up. What you would have to do after re-denominating a currency is both reduce the supply, and decrease the amount in circulation. Maduro didn't do this, he continued to print more money after the fact and due to the already shaky stability of the economy, caused inflation to skyrocket. He did the same thing that was done in Zimbabwe in the 2000's, they re-denominated and then continued to print more money. It's like people who have liposuction done to give them a head-start on weight loss, if you continue eating the way you were before you had the liposuction done, you'll end up right where you started. The idea of re-denomination is a valid strategy for curbing hyperinflation, but it doesn't work on its own. It has to be part of bigger structural changes to the economy that supports the currency, and that's what both Chavez and Maduro got wrong, except Maduro (who inherited a catastrophically unbalanced budget, fledgling economy and confused administration) used that system to benefit himself, instead of the people.
Hmmm socialist drinking nice big sugary beverage and holding a smartphone in the other hand. And then she opens her mouth and... ya she’s high as a kite. Calling her “calm” is a bit of an understatement when she’s currently under the influence John
The youtube comments on any sort of news report from Venezuela are a fucking riddled with "STILL THINK SOCIALISM IS GOOD?! DUURRRRR!" It's just so fucking naive and ignorant. These people haven't a clue what put Venezuela in the horrible crisis it is in. Also, there are other socialisms in the world besides Venezuela which are doing just fine, but these people are the same morons who think global warming is false and use a cold winter day as an actual argument against it. So what do you expect from their level of understanding? Those people really do have a worm in their brain, and it is called Fox News. The propaganda that Fox News spreads does a great job telling you that Liberals are leftist/socialists when in reality, liberals and very much capitalists and are very different from leftists, but Fox news doesn't want you to know that because it would undoubtedly give more moderate votes to the Liberals like there rightly should be. We are not socialists, no liberals are asking for the US to become a socialism, we just want some fucking healthcare, we NEED healthcare, and we need regulations against the abuse that some companies will put their employees through. That is not what a fucking socialism is. That is what a successful capitalism looks like. Leftists are the ones that want an actual socialism where the government directly controls the economy. Laws against monopolies, scams/schemes, and other types of abuse and detriment that a company can cause to a human(s) or an economy is NOT a fucking socialism. Get educated, stop believing in propaganda. The worst part is that these people don't even care about the insane amount of human suffering happening in Venezuela and they are fucking using it to push their stupid political ideals through a logical fallacy, which it is confirmation bias I believe.
John saludos desde Venezuela me vacilo ful el programa por aca te dejo el link de un tema protesta espero sea de el agrado de los oyentes exitos y siempre mis mejores deseos.
We can’t have proper political discourse with morons who say things like “you have worms in your brain.” The left is trying to ruin the country through rhetoric and control of the media. If Bernie Sanders became president he would run out of money in no time and burn the country to the ground. You may not agree with capitalism 100% but in the end it’s the best thing we have right now. The US economy is currently booming. The stock market continues to rise and the unemployment rate is decreasing. In fact, “The black unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in December (2017) was the lowest since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking it in 1972, a year in which the rate ranged from 11.2 percent to 9.4 percent. In the 45 years the data has been tracked, the unemployment rate for black or African-American workers aged 16 years and older has never fallen below 7 percent” (CNBC). You can clearly see that capitalism is working. Democrats support the very socialist policies that force people to eat rats to survive. And this is why I think we should vote red this election. Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/05/black-unemployment-rate-falls-to-record-low.html
4:52 the price is right is not about giving things away.. it is the epitome of capitalism. from wikipedia "In the show, contestants COMPETE to win cash and prizes by guessing the pricing of merchandise." it is about competing in a free market to estimate value and showcase consumerism.
A prize give away in a communist country by its president to a random person in its populace involves no competion just a lottery & luck
I'm, sorry John Oliver but you really should watch the Empire Files video on this episode of yours... i cannot think of any reason you could produce such a wilfully myopic appraisal of a country that is at the very heart of the global battle between elite capital and the masses unless someone told you too and the fact that you deliver such a convincing performance saddens me. I guess there is probably a new statesman joke about the Jarrow March somewhere but this is the 21st century and you were either lazy when researching this video, misled or you actually want to promote an favourite myth of the US right... which one is it?
Okay, I hate when John Oliver has a terrible leftist bias, so I just skip when they discuss anything of a political nature, because he'll present facts, but from only one side of the story. But this is a story with only one side. Venezuela is fucked. And that's causing a chain reaction that's screwing up all of Latin America. Venezuelans migrate to Colombia, because they have a better quality of life and are willing to work for slave's wages, destabilizing Colombia to the point now they have to migrate too.
I'm a Doctor currently working in Chile, and the market is oversaturated with displaced Doctors to the point our own have trouble finding work. Some hospitals are nicknamed after Foreign cities, because in most services we're actually a minority. And if that happens in medicine, just imagine in other areas.
So this place will get fucked soon too, everyone with half a brain sees it coming, but everyone is too PC to even mention it's a problem, and what's causing it. So I guess we're packing our bags to fuck the next country up.
OMG were so lucky to have john oliver to tell us what we unique intelligent individuals should believe. otherwise how would we know what to chant at our protests? venezuela is obviously a workers paradise, people there live so well and comfortably and their mighty socialist government cares so deeply about its people. yay for socialism! meanwhile trump supporters are literally supporting HITLER!!!
Just found this video. I can't do nothing more than laugh at the people that hated on this dude. TBH, even though active protest have ceased things are actually worse around here, but this was very accurate in the moment it was made.
Kudos from this shithole.
All this media is bullshit, if Maduro would put US economic interests above his own peoples wellbeing and would spend the oil revenue on US weapons like the murderous regime of Saudi Arabia, he would be invited into the whtie house with a handshake as a "reliable businesspartner" just like that smooth Saudi prince aka feudal dictator with his bonesaw-death-squads.
The US itself is a prime example of corruption and negligence with half the country in poverty, washington a cesspool of corporations and oligarchs, the countries infrastructure falling apart and rotting away with a military and surveillance apparatus out of control. The US needs to pillage countries under false pretext like Iraq (WMD and human rights, remember?) in order to keep its bloated military afloat.
The main reason Venezuela is struggling are US sanctions, that threaten everyone that wants to do trade with Venezuela. Only China is big enough not to give a fuck about these sanctions with the latest result that Maduro is signing a pact with the devil and letting in chinese investors, coordianted by the chinese one party government, that is more than happy to cut into US hemisphere of interest.
If the US would be smart they would negotiate a deal with Maduro instead of insisting keeping Venezuela as an economic colony of the US.
You do know that the oil companies were nationalized way before Chávez (In the 70's), right? And that Chávez non stop sold oil to the USA during all his years in power, even when he knew that the oil he gave them was used in the wars of Irak and Afganisthan? And that even today USA is the best client of Venezuela, buying more oil than China or Russia?
What is more, Venezuela is actually desesperate because USA is starting to buy more oil from México and Colombia due to the poor production of the country (thanks to PDVSA being broke and the whole industry destroyed thanks to corruption and negligence).
The really depressing thing is that it seems this situation has only got worse - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-24/suicides-surge-in-a-hopeless-venezuela
“We live between terror and impotence,” said Ignacio Sandia, who heads the psychiatry department. “We constantly think we can’t do what we should in the moment we’re able to, and we’re terrified that patients commit suicide and there’s nothing we can do for them.”
Chavez was murdered by the US, specifically the CIA. The US has been overthrowing democracies in central and latin america and replacing them with "businessfriendly" fascist dictatorships since the 50s. And now the United States are sanctioning the country because some uberrich cocksuckers in Venezuela and the US want their "property" back: a slavestate that is geared towards serving the US as a source of cheap food and ressource exports made with slave labor and the destruction of the environment. That`s what happening in third world countries when Wallstreet is talking about "investment opportunities".
And John Oliver is rooting for this shit. But hey he also rooted for HRC, that helped to overthrow the democratically elected government in Honduras in 2009, replacing it with another dictatorship. So it`s not that much of a surprise.
An indoctrinated sheep laughing at an educated guy saying reading is bad for you.
Thanks to reading my IQ is above roomtemperature, get back to your cartoons kiddo.
John Perkins "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" 2004
William Blum "US Military and CIA Interventions since WW2" 1995
Howard Zinn "A People`s History of the United States" 1980
Richard Grimmet, Instances of Use of Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2001. CRS Report for US Congress 2002
U.S. Congress, Committee on Foreign Affairs' Report. Background Information on the Use of United States Armed Forces in Foreign Countries. Washington, D.C.: 91st Congress, 2nd Session, 1970
This guy told that the brazilians should vote in PT, the party that agree with the ideas of Maduro and Socialism and know is showing the results achived in Venezuela.
You need to have more carefull about what do you say man! There are lifes involved in this situation.
That idiot conservatives constantly point to Venezuela when trying to discount socialists pisses me right off.
You know what happens when you have a country rich in oil reserves, that implements socialist policy, but doesn’t engage in extreme corruption and idiotic mismanagement?
You get Norway. It wasn’t socialism that destroyed Venezuela- it was corruption and mismanagement. Funny how the conservatives never want to bring up any country with socialist policy that works (you know- the vast majority?).
It’s a pity, because it could have worked well- it could have been another Norway, only with nicer weather.
LETS ALL BLAME AMERICAN FIRST OK!!! LETS ALL MAKE FUN OUT OF ALL OF THIS OK!! LETS ALL NOT PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT ACUTALLY LIES AND THATS AT THE FEET OF SOCIALISM!! YOU KNOW, THE SAME LEFTISTS YOU GUYS ARE SO IN LOVE WITH AND THATS WHY YOU WON'T TELL THE TRUTH!! JUST YOUR SAME OLD SONG AND DANCE HALF TRUTHS.
What happens when an 80% private sector economy tries to export oil but the Saudis undercut it and get the West to place crushing economic sanctions on you and the Right just blames all your problems on Socialism like the fucking dumbasses that they are...
"That's basically the state of our political discourse, two people who don't know what they're talking about, condescending at each other until one of them lands a sick burn".
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I often enjoy John Oliver’s comedy. But this show is one of his worst. It is essentially liberal, anti-socialist, propaganda. Venezuela is fighting with a hostile USA and its own corrupt oligarchs. It’s actually succeeding in lowering poverty and providing health care and in managing its economy. And much of the “crisis” is being created by right wing media. Yo, John, remember the USA is an Empire, like your Britain use to be.
That Infowars reporter is a fucking idiot. She CLEARLY does not understand what socialism is. If leaders are drinking champagne, while their people eat rats, that is called CORRUPTION, not socialism. Socialism is old age security. Socialism is public schools (although the schools in the US are a good example of corruption as well - it will get worse as charter schools spread). Unemployment, police, welfare, fire fighters, etc. are all examples of socialism. You just find a fair balance between capitalism and socialism. For example, being the richest country in the world, yet having citizens die within your borders, because they can't afford $80,000/year for dialysis, or their child dies because he/she has no healthcare is just wrong. Especially drugs costing as much as $80,000/year is holding people's lives for ransom, because there is no way in Hell that any drug costs that much to make. It isn't rocket science.
"Some Socialist country is doing so batter" yah they are some capitalist country with social policy. And you pretend like all word start with social is pretend by socialism.
Socialism always make dictators and never works for betterment of the citizen. DON'T BELIEVE IN THE LEFT BELIEF, BELIEVE IN FACTS.
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