[Marxism] Fwd: Chávez and the Communal State | John Bellamy Foster | Monthly Review

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Apr 30 07:01:08 MDT 2015

John Bellamy Foster makes the case that Venezuela is building socialism 
on the principles elaborated in Meszaros. With all due respect to 
Foster, I question the plausibility of socialism in a single country 
especially one like Venezuela whose economy is so tightly knitted into 
global social property relations to use the Brennerite formulation. I've 
been meaning to write something about the whole question of 'building 
socialism' prompted by a query from Ahmet Tonak, especially in light of 
discussions that took place in the USSR in the early 20s. If Soviet 
Russia, with its immense territory and unlimited resources, could not 
take this task on, what hopes can Venezuela have? For all of the 
sneering references to "left Keynesianism" from people like Alex 
Callinicos, it may be the case that given the relationship of class 
forces globally, this might be the glass ceiling that will exist for 
some time. When such an economic policy can lift the standard of living 
in Venezuela as dramatically as has happened, why not accept it as a 
step forward?


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