Venezuela, for a Season

People line up outside a supermarket next to motorists lining up for gas near a gas station of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in San Cristobal, Venezuela, November 10, 2018. (Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters)
Suffering and privation never should be welcomed, but they do perform the needful task of shocking us out of our complacency.

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