[Marxism] Venezuela: 'Colectivos' scare campaign demonises the poor

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 6 19:38:21 MDT 2014


The media seldom invent a label or name for a struggle.  What they do is to
raid the armory of the Left and borrow shamelessly from it.  These are the
avatars of possessive individualism, who have seemingly have suddenly
discovered the collective good. Rubbish.  Look at this for an example from
the GLW archives.

*By Anne-Marie Donnellyand Brendan Greenhill*

*BRISBANE -- The Queensland Criminal Justice Commission decided late on
Friday, March 3, not to charge the "Pinkenba Six" with official misconduct
after they were cleared of criminal charges in Brisbane Magistrates Court
on the previous Friday 23.*

The six police had been charged with deprivation of liberty relating to the
dumping of three Aboriginal boys, aged 12, 13 and 14, at the deserted outer
Brisbane suburb of Pinkenba on May 10, 1994.

The police had the nerve to describe themselves in the way that the Left
traditionally does when on trial.



On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM, Stuart Munckton <stuartmunckton at gmail.com>wrote:

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> As they are prone to do, the private media have invented a new thing. In
> both English and Spanish, they are calling it the *colectivos*.
> They are meant to be irrational, cruel, grotesque armed motorbike riders
> who "enforce" the revolution in Venezuela and are responsible for most of
> the violence afflicting the South American nation, which has left more than
> 30 people dead since February.
> The opposition barricaders are presented as the innocent victims of these
> collectivos, who apparently work with the National Guard and have the
> support of President Nicolas Maduro's government.
> The private media use the concept to demonise the real collectives in
> Venezuela -- feminist collectives, community groups, environment and
> education collectives, cultural groups, mural painters and so on. With the
> government of Hugo Chavez and now Maduro, these have grown, multiplied, and
> united around general support for the Bolivarian revolution.
> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56219
> --
> "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
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> "The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
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