[Marxism] Venezuela: Gov't shows restraint, resolve in face of anti-Chavista mayhem

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 20:45:57 MST 2014

The statement below was released by the Council on Hemispheric
Affairs<http://www.coha.org/> on
February 14.


The moderate response of Maduro to what he takes to be an attempted coup,
should not be mistaken for a lack of resolve. Nor should this challenge by
the extreme right sabotage the attempts by Maduro to build national unity
with the more moderate opposition in the fight against crime.

The current clash between revolution and counter revolution reflects an
underlying dialectic between two different visions of the social and
economic spheres. The Chavista counter-offensive in the economic war has
seriously called into question the priority of the claims of private
property over the claims of human life and development for all citizens.

We can expect the government counter-offensive, the struggle for food
sovereignty, and the building of communes to continue unabated, despite
challenges, sometimes violent, from the hard liners on the right. For the
formerly excluded and dispossessed, for those working towards building 21st
century socialism, there is no turning back.


"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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