Free from despotism

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous.

Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be prosperous because of its enormous oil resources, inflation is astronomical. A 100,000-bolivar note is barely enough to buy a cup of coffee.

Nearby Nicaragua is worse. The economy is crashing there, too. And President Daniel Ortega is up to his old tricks of using torture and murder to stay in power. Journalists have been targeted, should they dare to report the truth.

United Nations observers have described the repression in detail. Ortega’s reaction was to kick them out of the country.

U.S. policy should do nothing to harm the people of countries victimized by violent socialism, of course. But it should do all in our power to free them from despotism.