Monday, August 25, 2014
For all of you who like Thomas Piketty are very concerned with income inequality, you can sleep like babies now.
Venezuela´s president Nicolás Maduro has designed an easy 3 step method that will forever condemn to bad memories all inequality among citizens.
1. With expropriations, price and foreign exchange controls, and similar creative methods, you create a scarcity of many vital consumer products.
2. Then you introduce a rationing system which allows for limited purchases of some of the really scarce consumer products, and which requires you to present your right hand thumb at a machine, for fingerprint recognition.
3. Finally, you allow the poor to negotiate freely in the market the lease of their right hand thumb.
It is a beautiful method. The more severe the scarcity, the more are the rich prepared to pay in order to lease the right hand thumbs of the poor, and so the less the inequalities. It can´t go wrong… that is for as long as you are still alive!
PS. I guess they will try to make the thumb of the left hand work too! That way you can lease out two thumbs at the same time… and make the inequalities disappear much faster. Hurrah!