[Marxism] Chomsky meets with Chavez in Venezuela

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 7 19:24:49 MDT 2009

> By Venezuelanalysis.com - Friday, 04 September 2009
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> http://www.handsoffvenezuela.org/noam_chomsky_meets_with_chavez_in_venezuela.htm>
> Mérida, August 27th 2009 (Venezuelanalysis.com) -- U.S. author, dissident
> intellectual, and Professor of Linguistics at the Massachussetts Institute
> of Technology Noam Chomsky met for the first time with Venezuelan President
> Hugo Chavez in Caracas and analyzed hemispheric politics during a nationally
> televised forum on Monday.
> Chomsky is well known in Venezuela for his critiques of U.S. imperialism
> and support for the progressive political changes underway in Venezuela and
> other Latin American countries in recent years. President Chavez regularly
> references Chomsky in speeches and makes widely publicized recommendations
> of Chomsky's 2003 book, *Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global
> Dominance*.
> "Hegemony or survival; we opt for survival," said Chavez in a press
> conference to welcome Chomsky.  He compared Chomsky's thesis to that of
> German socialist Rosa Luxemburg in the early 1900s, "Socialism or
> Barbarism," and referred to Chomsky as "one of the greatest defenders of
> peace, one of the greatest pioneers of a better world."
> Through an interpreter, Chomsky responded, "I write about peace and
> criticize the barriers to peace; that's easy. What's harder is to create a
> better world... and what's so exciting about at last visiting Venezuela is
> that I can see how a better world is being created."
> During Monday's forum, which was broadcast on the state television station
> VTV, Chomsky pointed out that the ongoing coup in Honduras, which began on
> June 28th, is the third coup the United States has supported in Latin
> America so far this century, following the coup against Chavez in 2002 and
> Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.
> The nearly finalized deal to allow the U.S. to increase its military
> presence on Colombian bases "is only part of a much broader effort to
> restore Washington's capacity for intervention," said Chomsky.
> According to Chomsky, the region has the capacity to unite and form a
> "peace zone" in which foreign militaries are forbidden to operate.
> "Venezuela can help to advance this proposal, but it cannot do it alone," he
> said.
> "The transformations that Venezuela is making toward the creation of
> another socio-economic model could have a global impact if these projects
> are successfully carried out," said the renowned author.
> Aporrea.org, a popular Venezuelan news and pro-revolution analysis website,
> described Chomsky as oriented toward "libertarian socialism" and "vehemently
> anti-Stalinist" in an introduction to a recent interview in which Chomsky
> said U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy will be similar to that of
> the second administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush.
> Chomsky addressed this issue during Monday's conference as well, commenting
> that Obama "could have much to offer Latin America if he wanted to, but
> hasn't given any signals that he does." He cited the U.S.'s indecisive
> posture toward the coup in Honduras as evidence.
> Chomsky also addressed the media and freedom of expression in the U.S. "In
> the United States the socio-economic system is designed so that the control
> over the media is in the hands of a minority who own large corporations...
> and the result is that the financial interests of those groups are always
> behind the so-called freedom of expression," he said.
> Chomsky said the growing disappointment with the Obama administration in
> the U.S. was predictable because the corporate media marketed Obama's
> presidential candidacy on the slogan of "Change We Can Believe In" but
> omitted concrete proposals for effective changes, and the Obama
> administration has since shown an incapacity to institute such changes.
> Chomsky was accompanied in Caracas by the co-founder of South End Press and
> ZMagazine and system operator of ZCom, Michael Albert, and the co-founder
> and editor of Venezuelanalysis.com, sociologist Gregory Wilpert.
> FOR VIDEO FOOTAGE CHECK;  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPVfRdLez4I
> The late Brazilian bishop Dom Hélder Câmara said it well: “When I give food
> to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food,
> they call me a Communist.”
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