lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 10 09:32:24 MST 2012
On 12/10/12 10:52 AM, audradavid at aol.com wrote:
> Is there anyone here who truly believes that the existing government of Venezuela is a socialist government and the society is headed towards socialism?
In 1918 Lenin gave a speech that included this: "the complete victory of
the socialist revolution in one country alone is inconceivable and
demands the most active co-operation of at least several advanced
countries, which do not include Russia."
That was a Russia that had immense resources and territory, as well as
the solidarity of massive workers parties all over the world. If it was
impossible for socialism to be built in the USSR, how could Venezuela
possibly succeed under far more difficult circumstances?
In my view, the Bolivarian revolution is an important nationalist
struggle that represents working people and peasant determination to
have a state that is on their side. Despite all the problems in
Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia, the governments act on their behalf most
of the time. What we know from studying Latin American history is that
Uncle Sam is always committed to subverting such movements--from Arbenz
in Guatemala to Peron in Argentina. Our stance should be solidarity with
these movements and governments while remaining skeptical about the
possibility that a "new Cuba" could emerge.
Cuba emerged out of conditions not likely to be repeated any time soon:
1. The existence of the USSR with a bureaucracy that was far more
willing and capable of providing material aid than any time in its history.
2. The geographical reality of Cuba that insulated it to some degree
from the counter-revolution (as opposed to the more porous Nicaragua.)
3. A deep upsurge of revolutionary movements all over the world, from
Algeria to Vietnam, led by secular-minded figures influenced to one
degree or another by socialism.
If those conditions are not to be replicated any time soon, we have to
be realistic. I suspect that in the next 20 years or so we will see a
return to the "classic" profile of revolutionary socialism that Marx
wrote about in the mid-1800s. That was a period of capitalism's bloody
birth. We are now entering a period of its death throes--as Leon Trotsky
once put it. Now, more than ever, we need a worldwide revolutionary
movement that dispenses with the small proprietor mentality of the
sects. Whether that happens or not is of course an open question but we
should work as hard as possible to make it succeed.
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