Bakers Arrested For Making Brownies


Bakers have been arrested in Venezuela for making brownies instead of bread. Hannah Cranston, Francis Maxwell, and Brett Erlich, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“You’ve gotta fight for your right to pastry.

Four Venezuelan bakers were taken into custody this week for making higher-priced baked goods, breaking with government demands that 90 percent of wheat be used for making bread.

Two were arrested for baking brownies using out-of-date flour while the other two are charged with using too much wheat in ham-filled croissants and other pricier treats, Reuters reports.

Making good on President Nicolas Maduro’s threats, at least one bakery has been seized, with authorities promising to keep control of it for at least 90 days.”

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Hosts: Hannah Cranston, Francis Maxwell, Brett Erlich

Cast: Hannah Cranston, Francis Maxwell, Brett Erlich


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  1. I think you're missing the point. It's not about those poor bakers and their brownies. They are being supplied flour to make bread so people don't starve and they are using it to make treats. Poor STARVING PEOPLE. As for how they got into this mess, it's not simply "socialism". Nothing about socialism requires you to not produce anything and just buy everything with oil.

  2. We need both Socialism and Capitalism for a prosperous society. What matters more then anything is identifying when we need each. The goal of Capitalism is to make money so if making money is at odds with the well being of people you need socialism. For now we can use Capitalism for most other things but we are moving towards a world where manual labour is moving over to automation so we will start to need less Capitalism and something else has to replace it, where not having a job will not be seen as being lazy because if all of societies labour needs are met we need employed and unemployed consumers to drive the economy or it will not be sustainable.

  3. I'm not going to wade into the political/economic aspect – just the crime. THEY WERE EMBEZZLING FLOUR DURING A FAMINE. Was it justified? maybe. Is the famine the fault of such and so policies? maybe. But the flour was supplied to them and they skimmed off the top before the bread went to their starving neighbors
    During the middle ages (when flour was supplied by the customer), selling underweighted breads and/ or adding filler was often a hanging offense -because it stole food from people who were already starving.
    IF they are guilty and not just scape goats, I've got no sympathy.

  4. Behind Brazil’s corruption crisis is a deeper socialist disaster)  April 19, 2016…………The looming impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is about more than cooking the books to hide election-year spending or looting the state-owned oil company for her campaigns and cronies. What’s really on trial are Rousseff’s socialist policies.

  5. Seriously is nobody going to ask the obious question of WHY the government is cracking down on the bakers. smh everybody with their opinions without any adjustment for the context of venezula's situation.

  6. Ugh it's called a social democrat vs a dictator ventured communist

    Countries that are forced into power because they didn't want the Americans to force imperialism on their country. There's only a few small countries that have withstood even a partial American take-over. And of course those countries have been forced to suffer the most. Because of course countries, like Cuba, ya know are so huge and scary – they are totally threats to the small and weak Americans and our way of life… Blah fuckin blah…

    What fuckin way of life is that exactly, I really wonder? Is it one where – I'm a Us Citizen and I have a refrigerator, therefore, I'm some how exempt from any complaining about how fucked-up our 1st world most powerful country is — ever — and that's because, well, ya know… There's some country in Africa that doesn't know what a refrigerator is and I'm somehow more fortunate cuz I don't need to use a spear to catch my dinner, but only if I don't want. Right? So in this country, either you're poor or maybe you're just barely rich. – Either way we are all mindless and so full of carcinogens that we don't understand that there's actually a better way to live a life.


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