[Marxism] Fwd: Michael A. Lebowitz, "Red Is the Primary Color of the Rainbow"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 26 06:51:44 MST 2015


Michael Lebowitz takes on the "color revolutions" that Venezuela 
resisted. I may find time to reply to this at greater length but for the 
time being will only comment on this:

"We need to recover the concept of democracy and practice."

If this is the lesson to be learned from the Venezuelan revolution, why 
do its leaders from Hugo Chavez to Nicolas Maduro throw their support 
behind someone like Bashar al-Assad? If the goal is 21st century 
socialism, why does the support for Iran, Syria, Russia, China and the 
BRICS counterhegemonic sphere remind me so much of the excuses once made 
for Joseph Stalin? At least under Stalin, you could point to a planned 
economy and SOE's as fucked up as it was. Did Baathist "socialism", one 
distinguished by a crony of the dictatorship gobbling up 60 percent of 
the economy, somehow seduce the Chavistas? Love is blind, I guess.

full: http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2015/lebowitz261115.html



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