Just a few years ago, western liberals praised Venezuelan socialism as a template for all of humanity.
They lauded former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a man of vision and moral greatness.
In 2013, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's official opposition Labour Party, was clear. "We salute Chavez and the people of Venezuela for turning the clock of history full circle... I look forward to the development of Venezuela, the efficiency of Venezuela, in providing good services and decency for all the people of that country."
At that same event, Corbyn's director of strategy, Seumas Milne, had a 13-minute orgasm describing Venezuela's "powerful lessons for the politics of the future for us all."
In 2011, Bernie Sanders explained that "These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina..."
On Chavez's death in 2013, leftist filmmaker Oliver Stone remarked, "I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people."
Today, the Venezuelan utopia is unveiled.
It is unveiled by catastrophic shortages of medicine and health services.
It is unveiled by war-like violent crime rates.
And it is unveiled by Venezuela's children, who are now starving to death at unparalleled rates.
Consider that last point very carefully. Today, in the nation with the world's largest oil reserves, millions of children are starving.
But this is not coincidental. It is the natural product of socialism.
Of course, today, the aforementioned liberals offer no regret and no recognition, beyond silence, of their errors of judgment on Venezuela.
On the contrary, they continue to call on us to embrace socialism.
For that reason, we must constantly remind ourselves of their record. This is especially crucial for younger voters. After all, young voters are the support base for socialists like Bernie Sanders. Like Venezuelan children, they have the most to lose from socialism's offer of mass inefficiency, endemic corruption, and capital turned to dust.
Beware the socialist utopia.
It is a dystopia of starving kids chasing trash trucks for food in Earth's most oil rich nation.