[Marxism] Lebowitz on Chavez's enabling law "Why Aren't You in a Hurry, Comrade?"
acpollack2 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 2 07:43:17 MST 2007
I like Michael's article but would just add a couple points that he may want to include or address in future versions.
1. I think it would help to find parallels in the US regarding what the Executive branch can do by issuance of regulations, rules, etc. While every President abuses this on behalf of business, 99% of this regulation issuance is just the normal, efficient way of doing business under a bourgeois government. I suspect some of Chavez' new powers would not go beyond those bounds, but we should find specific parallels. Of course under a genuine soviet government, in which the executive is a creature of the legislature, this wouldn't be nearly as much of an issue.
2. Michael's quotes from activists in the communal councils are the key to the whole dispute, especially their desire to get around the bureaucrats -- i.e., the state officials -- who have been stonewalling the revolution. What this does not address, however, is why the new parliament couldn't just approve the same regulations. We need to hear more on that. More fundamentally, if the councils take root in every workplace and neighborhood, and gather into a national body, then, as I mentioned above, the executive's regulation issuance would be at the behest of that soviet-style body. In the absence of that one can understand the activists' impatience.
I remember, by the way, hearing a TV report in 1979 about how the new Sandinista government was postponing elections to the National Assembly and having a knee-jerk reaction assuming there was something undemocratic about it (later, of course, they convened (for a short while) a parliament MORE democratic in the sense that it represented social sectors as such). As embarrassing as this admission is, it speaks to how easily even we lefties can be fooled by the bourgeois media.
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