[Marxism] Tariq Ali and Chavez
michael a. lebowitz
mlebowit at sfu.ca
Thu Aug 19 08:08:34 MDT 2004
As people here have basically noted, Tariq's article bubblingly quoting
Chavez about not seeing a proletarian revolution on the scene tells us more
about Tariq than it does Chavez. After all, what Chavez said he rejects is
formula marxism, but that he is prepared to die for a revolution (but not
the formulaic proletarian revolution) rather than be pure and do nothing.
Only the advocates of contemplative purity could knock that, no?
On Argentine TV two days ago (as reported in Venpress), Chavez made the
following description of what he is struggling for:
'On the political side, participatory and protagonistic democracy; on the
social side, a true social revolution to return to the people what was
taken away in order to guarantee all Venezuelans their fundamental rights:
education, health; on the economic side, to transform the capitalist model
into a post capitalist model, a humanistic, productive, diversified model
that generates a situation of equality, consequently social justice and peace.'
Is that a problem?
Michael A. Lebowitz
Simon Fraser University
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Currently based in Venezuela. Can be reached at
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