[Marxism] At world meet of intellectuals, Chavez urges study of socialist ideas

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Tue Dec 7 20:52:38 MST 2004


And for anyone wondering if people like Celia Hart and others in Cuba
who have been studying and defending some of Trotsky's contributions
were completely on their own, note this comment:
"Chavez noted the need to study the original principles of socialism as
well as its errors.  The President of the one of the world's largest
exporters of oil referred to the importance of early 20th Century
Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky's ideas, embodied in 'The Permanent
Revolution' and how it explains that there are no national solutions to
global problems, referring to the need for a global effort to deal with
today's challenges.

Trotsky seems to be having a very good year.  In fact, his contributions
are at last breaking out of  the narrow confines of "Trotskyism" and
finding a place as part of the programmatic and theoretical education of
the broader revolutionary movement in the world.   By the same token,
the new popularity of "The Permanent Revolution" means that Stalin is
finally starting to really lose the Stalin-Trotsky debate of the 1920s,
which was also a Stalin-Lenin, and Stalin-Marx debate.

What goes around really does come around!
Fred Feldman



Venezuelanalysis
World Forum of Intellectuals and Artists in Venezuela Ends with Pledge
of 
Permanent Anti-Globalization Office in Venezuela
Monday, Dec 06, 2004



By: Robin Nieto - Venezuelanalysis.com

Caracas, December 6, 2004--The World Forum of Intellectuals and Artists
in Defense of Humanity closed yesterday with words from Argentine Nobel
peace prize laureate, Adolfo Perez Esquivel and President Hugo Chavez
and a concert that included Cuban music legend, Pablo Milanes.

President Chavez pledged to provide an office and resources in Venezuela
to initiate a "network of networks" of social organizations and
institutions around the world working to build alternative models of
development in the face in globalization. 

Chavez made the announcement at last night's event, which took place in
downtown Caracas, was free of charge, and attended by the approximately
350 intellectuals and artists, Venezuelan government cabinet members,
and over two thousand spectators. 

Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel peace prize winner for his work in raising
the issue of human rights violations in Latin America, read the final
conclusions of the forum, entitled "The Caracas Declaration."  The
declaration outlines the need to build a front of global resistance
against the project of domination that today is imposed by the current
government of the United States of America and global organizations like
the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund
(IMF).

"Let's get to work intensely," Chavez said. "Let's put the ideas
concluded at this forum to work, let's make it a reality."

The office for the network of networks is be started in 2005 in
Venezuela that will connect the five continents of the world, America,
Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania, and will include the widest possible
participation.  "Let' s take this network everywhere we go, in the
valleys, the mountains, the barrios, the workplace, the study halls, the
military barracks and extend this network across the planet Earth," said
Chavez. 

Chavez noted the need to study the original principles of socialism as
well as its errors.  The President of the one of the world's largest
exporters of oil referred to the importance of early 20th Century
Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky's ideas, embodied in "The Permanent
Revolution" and how it explains that there are no national solutions to
global problems, referring to the need for a global effort to deal with
today's challenges.

Chavez warmly greeted the families of "the Cuban Five," referring to
five Cuban men imprisoned in the United States, accused of espionage for
their role in participating in anti-terrorism monitoring of extreme
right-wing groups in Miami.  The five are currently serving life
sentences in the U.S. and families are touring the country as part of an
international campaign to free their relatives (www.freethefive.org).

President Chavez also announced the inauguration today of the Bolivarian
Peoples Congress, which coincides with Chavez's first electoral victory
of December 6, 1998, when he won the presidency of Venezuela.  "This was
the day that opened this path, thanks to the consciousness of the
people," Chavez said.

 





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