[Marxism] RE: Is the Bolivarian Revolution A MarxistRevolution?(Ecuador)

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Aug 28 10:17:04 MDT 2005

Venezuela and Cuba have inaugurated precisely such an
alliance. Indeed, it's a massive series of alliances,
beginning with ALBA, and proceeding through Telesur,
Petrocaribe, ELAM, and so on. Cuba is so strongly 
convinced of this, if you read the founding documents
from ALBA (See the documents of December 14, 2004) it
has even opened itself up to private Venezuelan invest-
ment which doesn't have to pay any taxes to the Cuban
state until the initial investment has been paid off.

Cuba hopes, as I'm sure Chavez does, to deepen existing
divisions among the private sector in Venezuela between
those who side with national interests against those
of Washington, and those who favor Washington and the
absolute prostration of the nation before Washington.

By the way, there is also a reason why Cuba makes a
point of focusing its cash purchases from specific
states and companies to whom the Cuban trade may be
as important to them as the China trade is to Target.
It's only a use of basic free-market principles by
the Cubans. 

I don't know how much Venezuelan capital has since
flowed into Cuba, but that IS, by the way, one of the
reasons the Cubans have developed much tighter controls
on currency transactions inside of the island.

For more details and the theoretical explanation
of the importance of this, José Ramón Balaguer's
"The Marxist Left's Politics of Alliances at the 
Beginning of the 21st Century" will be helpful:

Walter Lippmann
MIKE FRIEDMAN observes and asks:
In Nicaragua, the mixed economy meant a united front
against imperialism. During the past 50 years, or so, the
Cubans have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to
forge alliances between third world states as a counter to
imperialism. Was that a dead end tactic?

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