There could be just the slightest problem with this idea

The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the government is on track to build 3 million homes by 2019 through its social program, the Great Venezuela Housing Mission.

Through the program, families are provided with the houses – equipped with all appliances and furniture – and the titles to the property, free of cost.

22 comments on “There could be just the slightest problem with this idea

  1. Paid for how exactly?

    Assuming the semi-starved can wait 3 years for a house.

    Another inspiring example for Grandpa Death no doubt. The left love their bullshit.

  2. It’s a damn stupid way to run socialism. Give them housing, sure; but don’t give them anything that can be loaded into the back of a van and sold.

    I’m not even convinced about the wisdom of giving them the title to the property; but at least it provides an incentive to maintain the place.

  3. HB,

    To Maduro’s cronies who continue to amass vast wealth, the same way the political elite does in all authoritarian states.

  4. One of two things will happen.

    Scenario 1 – In 2018 President Maduro will announce that the entire house-building project has been sabotaged by the CIA and the lackeys of capitalism but the fight will continue (without the houses).

    Scenario 2 – In 2018 President Maduro will announce that the plan is so popular that the target is now to build 5 million houses by 2025 and no houses have yet been built to allow the plans to be perfected.

  5. Do you remember when Gordon ‘Calamity’ Brown announced that everyone would get a personal trainer?

    Same deal.

  6. Free stuff !!

    Vote for me !

    I was in Venezuela for Chavez’s last election and then co-workers told me that Chavistas were organising a colossal giveaway of mostly white goods in return for votes from the poor. A bit ironic when the properties I saw had simply appalling electrical installations and were dilapidated to the point where one assumed the residents were destitute.

    Comparing the ragged arsed poor of Venezuela to their chubby, primped socialist “saviours” always made me think of the word “paradox”.

  7. Building for immediate disposal- poor idea. There’s no proof that the recipients are in need of the homes. Would be better off giving people already in homes the deeds to the houses.

  8. Only evil neo-liberal NIMBYs could oppose this idea.

    As to whether it will ever actually happen, that’s immaterial. It’s the thought that counts.

  9. “families are provided with the houses – equipped with all appliances and furniture”

    But no bog roll.

  10. @Richard- it’s ok, there’s no food either.

    No food=no poop, therefore no need for toilet roll.

    Socialism: solving all the problems

  11. But let’s think it through, on the assumption they pull it off. What then?

    1. There has to be a decision-making matrix according to which these homes are allocated. This will lead to political pull being bought and sold, In effect, the homes will go to those who can find enough money to effect that graft.

    2. As noted above in the hierarchy of needs point, the homes will be sold for bread, bog roll, etc.

    3. It will create bottomless demand for more. As Venezuela gets poorer, and the government’s capacity to fund these beanos diminishes further, the only way it will satisfy that demand is by rationing build quality.

    4. Assuming Venezuela still has anything still passing for privately-owned property, its value will diminish initially, but increase in the long-term (again, assuming higher build quality).

    5. Lots of money will end up in the pockets of builders close to the government.

    6. If the government runs out of other people’s money before it can build more to satisfy more demand, the government drives a wedge through society by having decided who gets a massive freebie and who does not.

    Have I missed anything?

  12. Edward Ludd

    4. Assuming Venezuela still has anything still passing for privately-owned property, its value will diminish initially, but increase in the long-term (again, assuming higher build quality)

    When in Venezuela I heard tales of the expropriation of desirable residences by connected Chavistas to house stalwarts of The Bolivarian Revolution in the style that they aspired to. Some businesses also were subjected to this sort of socialism….

  13. GLENDOWER
    I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

    HOTSPUR
    Why, so can I, or so can any man,
    But will they come when you do call for them?

  14. Socialism will, of course, ensure that any cladding on these dwellings is very fire-resistant. In fact, as profit is not the motive, the homes will be built to an altogether superior specification. Inevitably and unquestionably.

  15. @Theophrastus, July 14, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    That may well be their plan.

    Realty says different – do they have sufficient bricks, cement, sand, copper, steel etc to build 3,000 let alone 3 Million homes?

    I think not.

  16. Ed,

    7. People don’t value stuff they haven’t earned. The houses, fixtures and fittings will be abused and last half their typical lifespan.

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