[Marxism] re fraud claims of the venezuelan opposition

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 19:58:18 MDT 2013


[Accidently clicked send, here are the comments without large number of
typos]

The vote gives an indication of where things are in terms of the
consciousness of the full spectrum of Venezelan society. The mobilisations
on the streets give an indication of the mobilising potential of the
competing forces, in which the Chavista movement, even with the incredibly
close vote, has held the upper hand.



The vote indicates the very real danger and big challenge. Of course, it
should be noted that Capriles had to virtually claim to be a Chavista to
win over the votes he got, which indicates the opposition cannot win
support on its own program, but only by adopting its enemy's program and
claiming it will do it better. That is the counter-revolution's problem.
The revolution's problem is the combination of low consciousness among
broader layers that they could be won over by the lies of the
counter-revolution and -- most crucially -- the very real problems
adversely affecting the popular sectors that the counter-revolution is
cynically and hypocritically exploiting.

But the KEY thing is the vote indicates a real danger and the question,
rather than just throwing hands up in despair, is HOW THE REVOLUTION
RESPONDS. It tells the revolution it must respond. It lost a disturbing
amount of ground, but it was not defeated. And the opposition’s campaign
has given it a hook to counter-mobilise, to take the offensive.

This article by Venezuela Analaysis indicates the Maduro government is
seeking to do exactly that -- calling for strong counter-mobilisations, and
"parliaments of the street". If this offensive is serious and able to make
real headway, then the danger will be met with an appropriately strong
response. The class struggle continues.

http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/8675

It says:

Last night in a national broadcast Maduro called for fireworks, “love,
music, and happiness” to counter the opposition’s nightly 8pm
*cacerolazos *(pan
banging) to protest the “fraud”. He said the proposal was originally made
by some PSUV branches, and he agreed with it.

He also called for constant street presence and mobilisations in the main
plazas, saying he has  “promised a government of the streets”. He repeated
his call for “peace” and for people to continue working.

He also announced today that the government will start a “street
government” from Monday, with himself and members of the government
visiting “the whole country” and receiving proposals from communities.
During a meeting with pro-Chavez governors today he said the priority
issues were heath, education, housing, popular power, and crime.


On 18 April 2013 11:50, Stuart Munckton <stuartmunckton at gmail.com> wrote:

> The vote gives an indication of where things are in terms of t he
> consciousness of the full spectrum of Venezsuelan society. The
> mobilisaitons on the streets give an indication of the mobilising potential
> of the competing forces, in which the Chavista movement, even with the
> incredible close vote, has held the upper hand.
>
> The vote indicates the very real danger and big challenge. Of course, it
> should be noted that Capriles had to virtuallly claim to be a Chavista to
> win over the votes he got, which indicates the oppositonc annot win support
> on its own program, but only by adopting its enemy's program and claiming
> it will do it better. that is the counter-revolution's problem. The
> revolutioon;s problem is the combination opf low conscio0usness among
> broader lawyers that they could be won over by the ies of the
> counter-revolution and -- most crucuaklly -- the very real problems
> adversly affecting the popular sectora that the counter-revolution is
> cyncially and hypocritically exploiting.
>
> But the KEY thing is the vote indicates the very real danger -- the
> question, rahter than just throwing hands up in despair, is HOW THE
> REVOLUTION RESPONDS. It lost ground, it lost a disturbing amount of ground,
> but it was not defeated. IAnd the oppositon;s campaign has given it a hook
> to counter-mobilise, to take the offensive.
>
> This article by Venezuela Analaysis indicates the Maduro government is
> seeking to do exactly that -- calling for strong counter-mobilisations, and
> "parliaments of the street". If this offensive is serious and able to make
> real headway, then the danger will be met with an appropriately strong
> response. The class struggle continues.
>
> http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/8675
>
> It says:
>
> Last night in a national broadcast Maduro called for fireworks, “love,
> music, and happiness” to counter the opposition’s nightly 8pm *
> cacerolazos *(pan banging) to protest the “fraud”. He said the proposal
> was originally made by some PSUV branches, and he agreed with it.
>
> He also called for constant street presence and mobilisations in the main
> plazas, saying he has  “promised a government of the streets”. He repeated
> his call for “peace” and for people to continue working.
>
> He also announced today that the government will start a “street
> government” from Monday, with himself and members of the government
> visiting “the whole country” and receiving proposals from communities.
> During a meeting with pro-Chavez governors today he said the priority
> issues were heath, education, housing, popular power, and crime.
>
>


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