[Marxism] Alan Woods in Venezuela

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 19 10:56:46 MDT 2008

Here are some excerpts from today's postings by the International
Marxist Tendency, led by Alan Woods. Their materials are always
worth reading, both for what they do say affirmatively, as well
as for what they tend to leave out of what they say. 

The statement today that Chavez was the first to say, after the
collapse of Stalinism, that socialism was the way out of capital-
ism. Cuba has been saying the same thing for decades, and Cuba
isn't mentioned at all in this essay about Alan Woods. Didn't
Fidel say precisely that in the Second Declaration of Havana?

The IMT follows Cuba, but they often leave Cuba out of what they
write about Venezuela, as if there could have been a Revolution
in Venezuala (the Bolivarian one, which is actually going on)
had it not been for the Cuban Revolution, the existing one, led
by Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and the rest of Cuba's revolutionary
leaders. By contrast, Chavez thinks highly of Cuba's Fidel and
Raul, and visits and consults with them continuously:

June 18, 2008

Fidel, Raul and Chavez Hold Second Meeting

The continuous efforts to divide Cuba from Venezuela, if only at
the rhetorical level, is out of harmony with the Venezuelan and
the Cuban Revolutionary processes. They're each one very different
from the other, but the linkages and continuity are quite obvious.

Walter Lippmann
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
President Chavez with the employers

Alan explained his rejection of the meeting last Wednesday, June 11,
when President Chávez met with the country's businessmen. In that
meeting, broadcast live on national TV, he offered the capitalists a
whole number of incentives for production and appealed to them to
join in the building of socialism.

Alan pointed out that at the meeting on June 11, "president Chávez
did not convince the capitalists, did not convince the middle class
which votes against him", and if it was a strategy to win the
elections on November 23rd, "it only served to spread confusion and
demoralisation amongst the revolutionary rank and file and the
working class. This is due to the pressures of reformist sectors
which are endangering the future of the revolution. In this country
nothing can be done until Chávez gets rid of all these advisors",
stated Alan to loud applause. As he said: "We must win on November
23rd and deliver another blow to the oligarchy and imperialism. This
will only be possible if we mobilise and raise the people and the
working class, but these kinds of meetings do not contribute to

Alan pointed out that, "president Chávez has played an enormous role
for the revolutionary movement, and as a Marxist I am grateful for
the fact that he was the first one, after the collapse of Stalinism,
to raise again the idea of socialism as the way out of capitalism.
President Chávez has said that there is no third way between
capitalism and socialism. It is socialism or barbarism".
Alan Woods defended the idea that in Venezuela the socialist
revolution can be carried out immediately, through an "enabling law
from president Chavez to expropriate the land, the banks and the big
companies, making an appeal to workers and peasants to carry it out
on their own initiative." This statement was received with
enthusiastic applause by the comrades present. Comrade Alan Woods
finished his speech by pointing out that the main obstacle to the
revolution is not outside Venezuela, "the most dangerous enemy is
within, it is the reformist Fifth Column".


Venezuela Financiers Fund State Oil

Caracas, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan businessmen plan to contribute 30
percent of President Hugo Chavez' Oil Sowing Plan, which predicts a 240-billion
investment over ten years, sources from the sector informed on Tuesday.

The president of the Venezuelan Hydrocarbon Association (AVHI)), Luis Grisanti,
recalled the initial plan presented in 2005 was 76 billion dollars, but it was
raised after the PDVSA revision.

The expert told Panorama de Maracaibo daily the new legal policy about joint
ventures between private and State-run companies lays the foundations for the
industry's future development.

Venezuela has put an end to the so called "oil opening" which, according to the
National Assembly, was a concealed privatization, and has given private firms
the opportunity to continue working in the sector as joint ventures.

Grisanti explained that according to estimates recently disclosed at a meeting
with Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez, 209,000 new direct jobs are
expected to be created by 2013 with the Oil Sowing Plan.



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