We provide transportation to four-year-old kindergarten for one of the grand-deGloves. The letter of the week was V and one of the teachers said today’s subject would be Vacation In Venezuela. In fact, they liked Vacation In Venezuela so much that they extended it to two days.
Of course, our immediate thought was why are you glorifying that hell-hole? Yet we refrained from comment despite the facts. On the Heritage ranking of economic freedom it is 179 of 180. Six countries are not ranked. To put it kindly, it is a violent place without a reliable government. About a year ago the LA Times said:
Venezuela’s violent crime epidemic appears to be escalating into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. The precise dimensions are hard to know, however, because along with the collapse of the economy and widespread hunger has come a near blackout of reliable government crime statistics.
Nothing we have seen suggests the situation has improved since then. We are convinced that it was appropriate to leave this as a politics free zone. There are not many countries that start with V: Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Venezuela. The kids are just four. The discussion is not about governments but geography and letters. We are happy with our choice. The question is when should we speak up?