[Marxism] The Socialist Revolution in Venezuela

Néstor Gorojovsky nmgoro at gmail.com
Sun Nov 11 10:32:54 MST 2007

2007/11/11, Greg McDonald <sabocat59 at mac.com>:
> "Blood-stained political infantilism". What a great phrase.

Oh, Greg, how much I wish this was just a great phrase!

I don´t know how "great" it is. But I know that it is a permanent and
acting truth in our countries.

Imperialist domination South of the Río Bravo takes this shape.

The stains of blood and their origin are too easy to see. Every time
some killer pulls the trigger somewhere, either the trigger of a
pistol or the trigger of a fountain pen signing a murderous decree, it
is the thick mist of imperialist barbarism that spreads upon us.

But this mist also spreads by separating thought and masses all over
Latin America. Every time a Latin American newspaper or an imperialist
TV news network puts a muzzle on our masses by promoting empty-skulled
nullities as "serious analysts", every time some University teacher
deserts her or his task of thinking the globe _from their own concrete
circumstance_, every time a promising and well intended Latin American
substitutes general ideas -or far away revolutions- for the concrete
analysis of their "today" and their "here", it is also imperialism in

> Further along, your idea of leaders being the "icons of their (the masses')
> own revolutions and deeds"  seems to have much in common with
> Feuerbach's notion of God being "the outward projection of man's
> inner nature".  In the political realm, the long-suppressed desires
> and needs of the impoverished are projected onto the leader as a kind
> of wish fulfillment.  He becomes their god, if you will.  So when
> does the need for the leader vanish? When the needs are actualized in
> the development of new institutions? When people see their new
> natures in the mirror of a new society?

If you ask me, I will answer that the need for a Feuerbachian God
exists _even in the fully developed industrialized nations_. Witness a
Churchill, a De Gaulle, why not a Kennedy or a Reagan (yes!) It looks
like alienation is at the root of the whole thing.

In this sense, the need for the leader vanishes with class societies
only, when all free human beings become leaders in their own right.

However, in _our_ own sense, that of the tribuni plebis of
unarticulated wishes and desires, in the immediate framework of actual
politics going on and on in Latin America, the need for the leader
will vanish only when the political development of our revolution(s)
eventually generate a layer of "new intellectuals", layer which cannot
be decreed into life but only created through the workings of the
actually existing leaderships by helping in the "development of new
institutions". These, and I don´t fear becoming prophetic here, will
either take the shape of a large and encompassing Latin American mega
state, or will hardly come to life.

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