Maybe it never occurred to Daily Beast reporter Spencer Ackerman that all of those photos of empty store shelves in Venezuela were taken before the COVID-19 outbreak and had nothing to do with a national health emergency. But somehow before hitting the tweet button, he managed to come up with the angle that American store shelves are empty and we’re a capitalist nation, so what does that say?

If only there were something in the news that could explain why America’s store shelves now look like Venezuela’s do all the time.

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