[Marxism] FW: The Future of Latin American Post-Neoliberalism

Richard Fidler rfidler_8 at sympatico.ca
Mon Jan 4 11:34:52 MST 2016

Actually, there was -- and is -- much more to the Chavista revolution. There
are still 5 million Venezuelans who voted for what they thought that
revolution represented. That includes the "people's power" promoted by
Chávez and his successors, as in the communal councils and communes which
are more widespread than is commonly thought outside of Venezuela. 

Crucial to the next stage in Venezuela will be the capacity of the
grassroots Chavistas to mount resistance to their opposition now ensconced
in the new parliamentary majority, and to find ways to constitute and
advance that dual power from below that was always promoted by Chávez, with
very uneven results as we know. If the new opposition parliament fails to
come up with some immediate economic relief in face of a failed
macro-economic strategy (hydrocarbons dependency), and simply sets its
sights on overturning President Maduro, their key institutional obstacle,
the Rightist advance may lose some of its momentum and Chavismo could regain
much of its previous, currrently disaffected, support. It's too soon to say
Good-bye to the Bolivarian Revolution. It has just received a sharp kick in
the behind from the Right. But the Chavistas have shown their capacity to
overcome setbacks in the past. In the longer run, of course, they have to
come up with some much more innovative and realizeable economic measures and
strategies to begin to go "beyond capitalism." 

Meanwhile, I would urge comrades to follow on-the-spot sources like Telesur
and Venezuelanalysis for updates and analysis. The next few months are
crucially important.


-----Original Message-----
From: Louis Proyect [mailto:lnp3 at panix.com] 
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2016 1:08 PM
To: Richard Fidler; Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition
Subject: Re: [Marxism] FW: The Future of Latin American Post-Neoliberalism

On 1/4/16 12:41 PM, Richard Fidler via Marxism wrote:
> The new or modern capitalism (post-neoliberal) accepts the fight against
> poverty, because it creates more consumption, which at medium and long
> favors the market. It is in favor of formal employment and social welfare,
> because it stabilizes the labor force. It does not mind paying more taxes
> the state ensures a sufficient degree of political stability, which
> a safe process of profits. These are reasonable expenses to ensure the
> reproduction of the system of capital accumulation. In addition, modern
> capitalism distances itself from the traditional oligarchic capitalism and
> some of its protagonists are part of the new political systems. Others are
> part of the opposition, when they think that the post-neoliberal project
> does not ensure a sufficient rate of profit. Much also depends on the
> with foreign monopoly capital. However, in a crisis of accumulation,
> achievements are the first victims (Brazil).

A 90 year old Marxist Catholic priest saying essentially the same thing 
as a 61 year old Trotskyist economist in Argentina. The Chavista 
revolution was actually--objectively speaking--a way to make capitalism 
more palatable.

As soon as Maduro is unseated, the floodgates open...

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