[Marxism] Fwd: Left Forum 2014: panel on post-Chavez Venezuela | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 26 08:15:32 MDT 2014

This is the fourth in a series of videos I made at the recently 
concluded Left Forum. I apologize in advance for a brief presence of my 
bald pate toward the middle of the event for about 10 minutes, which 
thankfully did not interfere with the audio. A fellow videographer 
tipped me off about this intrusion and I promise it won’t happen again.

Since the panel included Steve Ellner, I was especially motivated to 
cover this event. For my money, Steve is the sharpest analyst of 
Venezuela politics. Period. During the Q&A I commented that despite the 
fact that I fully supported the process in Venezuela, it seemed 
appropriate at this point to stop referring to it as “21st century 
socialism” since there is little likelihood that it will ever lead to 
the abolition of capitalism. It amounts to a Keynesian type economic 
program that is committed to the welfare of the masses, something that 
is inspiring in its own right. Unfortunately, Steve’s reply was not 
recorded but he made the point that nobody in Venezuela, either on the 
right or the left, feels that Venezuela is socialist. But what is 
equally important is the growth of working class institutions of 
economic and political power that will ultimately clash with capitalist 
power. This is what explains the sharp clashes in Venezuela now, a focus 
of the panel presentations that were on a uniformly high level.


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