Walter Lippmann walterlx at
Wed Sep 25 09:52:28 MDT 2002

Louis' points are entirely well-taken.

It seems to me that unless the social foundation
for capitalism is taken out of the hands of the
capitlalist class, they can always find a way to
fight back. Encouraged as they are now by the
most powerful government on the planet, they
show no hesitancy in trying to organize another
attempt to return a government they can rely
on to power in Venezuela.

In Cuba, the revolution took military form and
broke up the repressive appratus of the state.

In Venezuela, the Chavez government came
to power through the democratic electoral
process. The old army has not collapsed or
been pushed aside. A struggle is going on
within this army over which direction it shall
go forward in.

Therefore, it will be much more difficult to
break up the resistance of the still-existing
repressive forces of society until the broad
population clearly understands what's going
on in the country, and an educational and
organizing process prepares this great
majority to complete the process. Since
the Chavez forces only control one of the
major media of communication, and only
one wing of the military, this will not be an
easy or simple task, it seems to me.

This observation is easy to make, but how to
go from this observation to the necessary
social and political action down there, that's
the challenge they face. Ours is somewhat
simpler: to try to understand the situation
they are up against, and to rally whatever
support can be mustered for their efforts.

Walter Lippmann

----- Original Message -----
From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at>
To: <marxism at>; <pen-l at>
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 7:52 AM
Subject: Venezuela

(Although many of us had high hopes that Venezuela could
move forward
through a mixed economy, it seems that once again we are
witnessing what
happens when a revolution stops short of transforming the
mode of
production. The local capitalist class--assisted by
strangle any progressive initiative and alienate the popular
classes from
the government.)

NY Times, Sept. 24, 2002

Venezuela Economy Falters, Despite Abundant Oil

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