[Marxism] Steve Ellner on US strategy in venezuela

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat Feb 22 20:17:23 MST 2014

there are several key factors favouring the Venezuelan government that make
regime change even less likely.

First, the Chavistas (supporters of the process of change initiated by late
president Hugo Chavez and continued by President Nicolas Maduro) have the
electoral support of 50% or more of the population. They a mobilization
capacity that, since 2003, has exceeded that of the opposition.

Second, less than two months, ago the Chavistas defeated the opposition at
the polls by a substantial margin.

Third, it has solid support in the military, not just from an
"institutionalist" faction but from officers who identify with Chavismo.

And fourth, Venezuela counts on a united Latin America, more so than at any
other time throughout its two-century history, and solid backing during the
current conflict from governments throughout the region.

Yet the US openly supports the opposition. While the entire world
(including such non-leftist governments as Mexico and Colombia) recoginsed
the triumph of Maduro in the April 2013 presidential elections, Washington
was alone in siding with the Venezuelan opposition in refusing to recognize
the results.
"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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