Orwell in Venezuela

The news out of Venezuela would be a lot funnier if it weren’t so tragic.  In honor of the late President Chavez, Maduro has decided to create a new cabinet post called the Minister of Supreme happiness.  So what will said minister do?  Apparently he or she will  “serve the elderly, children, people with disabilities, and the homeless.”

The always excellent Fausta writes that “the minister will begin imposing cheer on December 9, in time to coincide with the first ever “Loyalty and Love to Hugo Chavez Day” and notes that  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the agency a “social advance in the struggle against the perfidy of capitalism.”

Wow, you really can’t make this s**t up!

Apparently the Earth Institute ranked Venezuela as the happiest country in South America (and 20th worldwide) in 2013.  Given that the country faces constant shortages of toilet paper, food, and feminine pads, it makes me wonder about EI’s survey methodology or worry about the mental state of the rest of South America.

Fausta also reports that the new ministry will be headed up by a military officer, as is the “office of Sovereign People, the Superior Office for the Defense of the Economy, and the Strategic Superior Centre for Homeland Security and Protection.”