During Gaddafi’s Socialist government, which lasted from 1969 – 2011:
- Electricity was free for all its citizens.
- There was no interest on loans, banks in Libya were state-owned and loans were given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.
- Having a home was considered a human right.
- All newlyweds in Libya received $60,000 by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
- Education up to university level and medical treatments were free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. This rose to 83 percent.
- Should Libyans want to take up a farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick start their farms free of charge.
- If Libyans could not find the education or medical facilities they needed, the government would fund them to go abroad, for it was not only paid for, but they got a U.S.$2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance.
- If a Libyan bought a car, the government subsidized 50 percent of the price.
- The price of petrol was $0.14 per liter.
- Libya had no external debt and its reserves amounting to $150 billion froze globally.
- If a Libyan was unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession, as if he or she were employed, until employment is found.
- A portion of every Libyan oil sale was credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
- A mother who gave birth to a child received US 5,000.
- Forty loaves of bread cost $0.15.
- 25 percent of Libyans had a university degree.
- Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Manmade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
- Life for most Libyans had undoubtedly changed for the better as material conditions and wealth drastically improved and its national standard of living rose dramatically.
- The regime wasn’t without its problems, and Gaddafi had some radical fundamentalist religious views, but it was still a great improvement from before – and from Libya today.
- It was all destroyed when the US and NATO invaded Libya and the rebels won. Now it’s all in ruins.
The list is exactly as downloaded and unchecked but carries the ring of truth.