Vive le socialisme !

La nomenklatura c'est le corps de hauts fonctionnaires, personnalités et responsables politiques bénéficiant de privilèges spéciaux dans les pays communistes. Dans les pays communistes vivant au rythme des pénuries, tout un réseau de magasins et de services avaient été mis en place pour l'usage exclusif de la nomenklatura.

Hô surprise… La même chose est en train de prendre forme au Venezuela:

The American Scholar
Living Large on Oil

The booming economy may make elective surgery and luxury vehicles affordable for the upper-middle class, but the Venezuelans who are amassing the immense fortunes are the Boliburguesa, or the members of President Chávez’s inner circle. (The name refers to the president’s leftist Bolivarian revolution and the bourgeoisie.) Boliburgueses had constructed mega-mansions in the most storied Caracas neighborhoods and bought spanking new jets. A journalist friend who shadowed one of Chávez’s closest allies was chauffeured around in a bulletproof BMW, flanked by Korean bodyguards who can allegedly brain a would-be assailant with a butter knife at a distance of 20 meters. “It was like something out of Goldfinger,” my colleague said, still somewhat incredulous. Just as bizarre was his description of a Caracas sushi restaurant that had been enthusiastically recommended: rare tuna could be served—for an exorbitant fee—on the belly of a woman in the buff.

To be sure, this hedonism is out of reach for the great majority of Venezuelans. Even with the billions of dollars that have arrived in the country, four out of 10 residents subsist on two dollars a day or less.

Voilà qui donne envie de devenir socialiste… du moment qu'on est du bon côté de la clôture !