[Marxism] A coup in the making?
gmeyerson at triad.rr.com
Tue Nov 21 08:36:57 MST 2006
what you say about social democracy sounds right to me. I'm looking
forward to your article.
On Nov 21, 2006, at 9:39 AM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> Interesting article from venezuelanalysis.com:
> >>With all of this in place, the plan continues with a call to the
> high military command, in the words of Poleo, to "decide if it is
> going to continue forcing the Venezuelan opposition to put up with an
> embarrassing regime." These words, directed to the high military
> command, basically amount to a call to overthrow the government. He
> continues by referring to the plan as a sequence of events that all
> Venezuelans are going to see this December, and in which their destiny
> as dignified human beings, and the destiny of their respectable
> nation, is at play. Obviously, Poleo is implying that if Chavez
> continues in power, Venezuela will cease to be a dignified and
> respectable nation, and that Venezuelans should not have to continue
> putting up with him. He forgets to mention, however, that surveys
> show Chavez has the support of the majority of Venezuelans.<<
> full: http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1878
> I plan to elaborate on this in some detail in an article for
> swans.com, but it seems to me that there is a fundamental flaw in
> Tariq Ali's analysis--supposedly based on what Chavez himself told
> him--that left social democracy is the only possible course of action
> in Venezuela (and everywhere else presumably.) The logical corollary
> is to assume that going beyond this and pose revolutionary tasks
> amounts to a kind of adventurism. In my own view, it has *never* been
> possible to sustain a left social democratic government for very long
> in Latin America or elsewhere in the South. Eventually, a government
> has to confront its attackers both within its borders and without just
> to maintain the reformist program. Since most social democratic
> governments have lacked the organic ties to the people and a
> willingness to arm them, the ultraright has always been victorious. I
> have a strong sense that Chavez is preparing a different response.
> More details to come...
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