[Marxism] The Bolivia discussion -- just now, Strassbourg's attack and Buenos Aires are the key

Joaquín Bustelo jbustelo at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 16:12:51 MDT 2008

It's 5 PM and past my bedtime, but I just can't help but comment on
the Bolivia discussion.

Bolivia doesn't have the chance of an iceberg in hell of making a
socialist revolution. The folks on this list writing about "dual
power" and "Soviets" and all the rest of it are just being uncomradely
by not sharing whatever it is they've been smoking.

LATIN AMERICA is a totally different matter. Indeed, if there is a
hope for consolidating a socialist revolution in the next few years,
that hope is the LATIN AMERICAN revolution.

The slight problem with this is that the Latin American socialist
revolution can only grow out of the Latin American NATIONAL
revolution. And the problem is that Latin America is NOT YET a nation.
And there is tremendous unevenness in the Bolivarian process in
different countries and different social and ethnic layers.

Fortunately, there are those who are helping ... like the European
imperialists, including a good number of "socialists."

Right now President-elect Lugo has been visiting Ecuador and
Venezuela, while in Strasbourg the EU parliament, wiping its behind
with the results of the Irish referendum, just approved the European
version of the Sensenbrenner bill. This is excellent work by the
Euro-cretins, for there isn't a single Latin American leader that can
come out FOR this measure without discrediting himself.

In the vanguard of providing a reply to this affront has been
President Correa of Ecuador. With Lugo by his side, he formulated a
completely righteous response, saying that for the rich countries,
globalization meant open borders to capital and factories and
merchandise but not human beings. And he said it was an elementary
human right to live on whatever spot of the planet you wanted to. And
that Latin America had to have a UNITED response to this affront.

At the other end of South America, in the southern cone, President
Cristina yesterday afternoon was leading a rally of 100,000 people
(CNN's number) in repudiation of the agricultural oligarchy's 100-day
lock-out against very modest bourgeois nationalist measures to protect
the domestic market, and the purchasing power of regular people,
against the imperialist's capacity to use their domination of the
world financial system to suck out of Argentina every last crumb of
food people need to survive.

It is a very sharp CLASS polarization and struggle, even though it
takes place entirely in a framework that doesn't cross the boundaries
of bourgeois nationalism by one millimeter. But it just so happens
that the Argentine agrarian bourgeoisie is entirely anti-national.

The result of THIS struggle in Buenos Aires --and of President
Correa's efforts to forge a united Latin American response to the
European jihad against Latin Americans-- are, at this moment, the most
important conjunctural, today events for the future of the revolution
in Bolivia.

Nestor wrote recommending people subscribe to reconquista popular to
understand what is going on in Argentina. Let me say as a reconquista
subscriber that for someone outside Argentina, at least, that list is
too difficult to follow. The situation in Argentina requires that
Nestor and his friends seriously undertake to write an article
explaining the current confrontation and what is at stake for the
international revolutionary movement, and first and foremost for Latin
America. If such an article is written, I will take a break from
sulking in my motel room about how slow the refurbishing of my
recently flooded house is going and put it into English for Links or
whatever other organ of the socialist movement would be willing to
print it.

The playing out of the class struggle within the national movements is
"a" central of not "the" central question of socialist revolution at
the dawn of the 21st Century. History has placed the Argentine
comrades in a privileged position to understand this question; but
with the privilege comes the responsibility of helping to advance the
understanding of the international movement.


PS: It is not, of course, a coincidence that the most conscious
revolutionaries on the face of the planet made a point of publicizing
Chavez's and Raúl consultations with Fidel a day or two before Chavez
received Lugo in Caracas, Lugo fresh from his visit to Ecuador and
Chavez to Cuba. And that what was revealed about the session with
Fidel is that it dealt with, among other things, the world food
crisis. Bringing it right back to the rally yesterday afternoon in
Buenos Aires..

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