[Marxism] Chavez says cancer has returned, names successor (Nicolás Maduro)

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sun Dec 9 19:11:40 MST 2012

> I'm actually not sure "workers control" has a thing to do with this

The point about workers' control is tied to the economic plans of the
government to develop iothger sectors of the economy, and gear industry to
internal needs. There is a totally false counter-position here. Of course
they are not moving away from an oil-based economy, They can't. The point
is to use the oil revenues to develop the economy so they are not
*dependent* on oil. That means, far from winding oil down, *using* the
industry. That, surely, is inherent in this. That doesn't mean they are not
seekng to break oil dependency. OIl dependency does not mean "no oi;", it
means developing the rest of hte economy.

Wporkers' control is key to this. My comment about wokrers' control was not
about the oil industry, but the way attempts to implement it and the debate
and struggle over it has played out in other industries. This is drawn out
very well in this detailed piece <http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/7151> on
Venezuela Analysis by Ewan Robertson on Plan Socialist Guyana. It includes
this observation:

"Worker control is also argued as necessary for gearing industry toward
producing for social need over private profit. Sayago, Adarfio, and the PGS
reports make clear that worker control is linked to reducing or ending the
export of primary resources to transnational companies, to instead
manufacture primary materials inside Venezuela to produce for domestic
needs, from health to housing ...

"As such, workers point to concrete successes achieved by the PSG working
groups despite opposition from other political sectors to the plan’s
implementation... Meanwhile, Denny Sucre described to me how Alcasa was
planning to begin producing profiles for housing construction in support of
the Venezuelan government’s mass housing building program launched May 2011.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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